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Grants to Provide Tens of Thousands for Advanced Learning

Huntington Beach Union is among the school districts that will receive grants so that high schools can provide advanced learning opportunities.

Sixty-seven California school districts -- including Huntington Beach Union High School District that serves Fountain Valley -- will receive more than $3.3 million in grants to develop programs that provide students with "advanced learning opportunities," the California Department of Education announced today.

Huntington Beach's school district will receive $50,000.

The Specialized Secondary Programs grants have "a long history of helping support innovative high school programs that help students develop real- world 21st century skills," state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said.

During the state budget crisis in 2009, funds for the SSP were "flexed," meaning that the money could have been used for any general educational purposes, officials said. The flexibility component expired this year.

"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," Torlakson said.   The grants are intended to fund programs "that provide high school students with advanced learning opportunities in a variety of subjects," according to the Department of Education. The subjects may include mathematics, science, history, foreign language, English, visual performing arts and social science.

The school districts receiving grants are:

  • Anaheim Union ($50,000)
  • Irvine Unified ($50,000)
  • Orange County Department of Education ($50,000)
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda ($100,000)

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