Ravenswood City School District, in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park, announced Tuesday that it has been named as the nation's most promising inclusive school district by an international association that advocates inclusive communities for people with disabilities.
TASH has honored the school district as the inaugural recipient of the Breakthrough in Education Award. The award recognizes the work of individuals and local school systems that guide students with disabilities toward academic and social success while using inclusive education practices, according to the school district.
"The Ravenswood community is honored to be recognized as the most promising inclusive school district,'' District Superintendent Maria De la Vega said in a statement.
In 1996 the school district was named in a class action lawsuit filed by eight students with disabilities. After the suit, the district implemented an integrated model with no separate special education classes, and all students are now enrolled in their school of choice.
"The Ravenswood City School District is a role model for all school districts committed to inclusive education for students with disabilities," said June Downing, educational consultant and chair of the TASH awards committee.