TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The U.S. Department of Education is recognizing five Kansas schools for academic excellence and closing achievement gaps between disadvantaged students and others.
The state’s National Blue Ribbon Schools are Louisburg High School, MacArthur Elementary School in Liberal, Oswego High School, Sunflower Elementary School in Gardner and Union Valley Elementary School in Buhler.
They were among 304 schools nationwide 255 public and 49 private to receive the honor for 2011. They will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C.
Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker says the schools are to be commended for demonstrating “consistent focus, hard work and commitment.”