HAMILTON, NJ --  Hamilton's Pace Charter School has been named as one of the 2019 National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished Schools, according to the New Jersey Department of Education. Only two schools in each state nationwide are given the designation.

The Pace Charter School was recognized for closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years.

“These schools are examples of equity in action,” said New Jersesey Department of Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “We are proud of the work the teachers, administrators, families and, most importantly, the students have done to earn this recognition.”

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The 2019 ESEA Distinguished Schools Program is sponsored by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators. Each state in the association annually selects two schools to receive the award based on student progress and other ESEA indicators of school performance.

Each school receives up to $15,000 to support Title I programs, which are designed to assist schools with high percentages of children from low-income families. Each school will also be recognized along with other ESEA Distinguished Schools from across the nation at the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators Conference in February in Atlanta, Ga., where the attending staff from each recognized school will have an opportunity to participate in workshops, professional development, and best-practices presentations.

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