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Thursday June 20, 2013

Predominantly Latino Elementary School in California to be Renamed in Honor of Michelle Obama

Predominantly Latino Elementary School in California to be Renamed in Honor of Michelle Obama

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A predominantly Latino San Fernando Valley School has voted to change its name to honor First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Valley Region Elementary School No. 13 school name change came after the Los Angeles Unified board (LAUSD) voted unanimously this week for the change. 

“This name was selected by the school-site council because Michelle Obama supports active living and eating healthy, and the school models itself on that,” said LAUSD board member Nury Martinez to the Pasadena Star News.

The $23 million school was opened last year to relieve overcrowding in the nearby schools of Burton, Nobel, Panorama City, and Valerio elementary schools.

The student body is very diverse made up of 5 ethnicities. The largest ethnic group are Latinos which represent 91% of the student body followed by African-American, Asian and Fillipino students.  The majority of students (52%) are English learners with nearly all families socio-economically disadvantaged according to official school demographics