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The fog lifted (a bit) as students returned to school on Wednesday. While budgets and test scores are far from parents’ and students’ minds on this day, the news on both fronts is largely very good.  Should California revenues come in as projected, the adopted state budget funds schools at a level comparable with last year. After many consecutive years of deep cuts, this is a welcome relief to Santa Cruz City Schools.  Results from the California Standards Test (CST) and California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) show that our students and schools are making steady progress.

Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Gary Bloom anticipates another strong year. “August 31st 2011 marked a very smooth opening to the 2011-12 school year.  We have welcomed 35 new teachers to our team,

Photo by Shmuel Thaler/Santa Cruz Sentinel

serving about 6,000 students.  We are still gathering data , but it appears that our enrollment is up in the secondary district and may be up in the elementary district as well.  Santa Cruz City Schools continue to offer an outstanding program, made possible through the support of our community, that features reduced class sizes, instruction in the visual and performing arts, lifelab, quality libraries staffed by certificated librarians, and a variety of high school academy options.  Recently released state test scores demonstrate steady increases in student achievement in SCCS as the district continues to pursue its strategic goals.” In case you missed it, the Santa Cruz Sentinel captured that back to school feeling in this terrific story.

Next week marks the fourth anniversary of the debut of The Eddy. What started as a pilot is now a thriving and award winning newsblog with nearly 10,000 subscribers to our newsletter and thousands of unique visitors to this site each month.  We thank each of you for reading!  In that spirit, we invite you to revisit one of our original posts: Back to School: Getting Involved, Staying Informed – still an essential part of our mission.

Here’s to a great 2011-12 school year!