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Three San Diego County School Districts Each Receive $50,000 Grant

Three school districts in San Diego County will receive $50,000 grants each to develop specialized high school instructional programs, the state Department of Education announced today.

The money earmarked for the Coronado Unified, Grossmont Union and Valley Center-Pauma Unified school districts is intended to develop advanced instruction programs in a variety of subjects.

The state allowed the money normally used for the grants to be redirected into general education programs beginning in 2009 to help districts having budget problems. That flexibility has expired.

"This grant has a long history of helping support innovative high school programs that help students develop real-world 21st century skills," said Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction.

"Now that these funds are available again, California will carry on its work of developing cutting-edge programs so students can explore areas of study in a deeper way while developing their talents and skills for college or career."

A total of $3.3 million will be distributed to 67 school districts around the state, he said.

The grant funds are to be used for initial planning. Schools will then apply for an implementation grant as funding becomes available.

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