Orange County has some fine schools. Many residents have realized that for a long time. Now, so do federal Education Secretary William J. Bennett and the state Department of Education.
Bennett, last Monday, included the Greenville Fundamental Elementary School in Santa Ana, the Harbor View School in Corona del Mar and the O'Neill School in Mission Viejo among the 270 elementary schools across the nation that he singled out for recognition because of their excellence. Only 15 schools in California were so honored.
The recognition for exemplary elementary schools came only about three weeks after the state Department of Education and State Education Supt. Bill Honig selected Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach and Walker Junior High in La Palma as "distinguished " schools.
The schools earned their honors in tough competition among hundreds of other elementary, junior high and high schools. The awards are well deserved.