Three of our downtown high schools are among just 11 nationwide that have been singled out for their quality data collection and use by the Early College High School Initiative of Jobs for the Future. Receiving a $1,500 award are the San Diego Middle/Early College at City College, and two San Diego High small schools, the School of the Arts and LEADS. They were honored May 3 by the Initiative, which is supported by organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Foundation of New York, the Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Of the 210 early colleges in the initiative, the 11 honored nationwide used data "to better identify and serve students in need of support," said Michael Webb of Jobs for the Future. For more information, please contact Jeff Olivero, high school improvement officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more.