SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday tapped Riverside County Superintendent of Schools David Long as his new education secretary. Long, a classroom teacher before he became an administrator, is “a great educator who understands education inside and out,” Schwarzenegger said at a Capitol news conference. Schwarzenegger hopes to make 2008 the year of education, much as he is spotlighting health care this year. In that event, Long, a Republican, could be a key adviser. He will help Schwarzenegger translate into policy proposals the results of a recently released comprehensive education survey that called for overhauling funding and policies. California will spend more than $40 billion on schools next year, but this will still be below the national average per student. Student performance remains lackluster despite various federal and state accountability programs. Long, 67, said he is excited about the job and impressed by Schwarzenegger’s passion for education reform. His new post pays $175,000 a year. Jack O’Connell, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, lauded the selection of Long. “I know that Dave shares my deep concern about the need to close the achievement gap in California,” O’Connell said in a written statement, “and I look forward to working with him on this critical issue.” Long has spent 40 years in education, starting as a teacher and coach in Iowa and moving up the ranks to serve as Riverside County’s elected schools chief since 1999. As Riverside County superintendent of schools, Long had some oversight over 23 districts serving 400,000 students. He chairs a safe schools committee for U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. Long succeeds Alan Bersin, who returned to his home in San Diego to chair the board of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority. email@example.com (916) 441-4602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
VALENCIA – Valencia High’s boys’ soccer team was nearly perfect against top-seeded Santa Barbara in the second round of the Southern Section Div. II playoffs Tuesday. Then, with just over two minutes remaining, disaster struck. A defensive breakdown left Juan Martinez alone in front of the net, and his goal lifted the top-ranked Dons (24-3-3) to a 2-1 victory at Valencia. “I’m very confident from that area,” said Martinez, who has 20 goals. As well he should be. “Anybody inside the 6-yard box should score a goal, especially someone like him, who’s one of the best players around,” Valencia goalkeeper Craig Jaffe said. “There wasn’t much I could do, but I did what I could to block it.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Valencia (7-11-4) managed just three shots on goal – none in the second half – but played terrific defense, as has been its style, until that crucial late mistake. “When someone like Juan Martinez gets the ball that close, it’s not a guarantee, but let’s just say we’re confident when he does,” Santa Barbara assistant coach Alfredo Martinez said. It ended a terrific playoffs for Valencia, which won just six regular-season games, then upset Royal of Simi Valley in the opening round of the playoffs. “You played your hearts out,” coach Tony Scalercio told the Vikings when the game ended. “At the beginning of the season, no one expected much from us, and at first, we lost a lot of games because we were using a new system,” Jaffe said. “But today we showed we can play well against a good team.” J.P. Ybarra gave Santa Barbara a 51st-minute lead from Martinez’s through ball, but Manuel Prado pulled Valencia even six minutes later, finding the lower right-corner in full stride from 25 yards. Gerry Gittelson, (661) firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!