NORTH SACRAMENTO -- A North Sacramento elementary school becomes a nationally recognized leader in school reform thanks to a new funding program.  

Harmon Johnson Elementary School's Principal David Nevarez says the reforms and improvements put in place by the Quality Education Investment Act not only turned around a troubled school, but a troubled community -- resulting in recognition from Washington, D.C.

The Institute for Educational Leadership presented the school with an award not only for academic excellence from the student, but also for community involvement, Nevarez said.

Harmon Johnson was one of just three schools nationwide to receive the award. 

Changes made with funding from the QEIA enabled the school to lower class size, invest in technology and drive outreach to the community allowing parents to play an active role in their kids education and recognize each student's needs.