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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #14-1
January 6, 2014
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Grants
to Create Advanced Learning Opportunities for Students

SACRAMENTO—Sixty-seven California school districts will receive more than $3.3 million in Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) grants to help them develop innovative programs to help high school students learn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today. The list of grantees is attached.

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

Funds for the SSP, which is authorized by the California Education Code, were "flexed" in 2009 during the state budget crisis, meaning the funds could have been used for any general educational purpose instead of just for creating advanced programs. However, flexibility for SSP expired at the beginning of this month.

The 67 grantees may use the funds for programs that provide high school students with advanced learning opportunities in a variety of subjects. These subjects include English-language arts, mathematics, science, history and social science, foreign language, and visual performing arts, among other subjects. These programs may include Linked Learning pathways, career academies, and arts-integrated models. The programs must be rich in content, models for providing instruction based on California’s standards, and use varied instructional methods.

The grants range between $20,000 and $50,000 for one year and must be used for initial planning. Schools may apply for an implementation grant as funding becomes available. Since its inception in 1984-85, the SSP has funded more than 200 programs.

For more information, please visit the funding profile for the Specialized Secondary Programs Web page.

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Attachment

Specialized Secondary Programs Grantees
Fiscal Year 2013-14

County Treasure

Local Educational Agency

Grant Amount

Alameda

Berkeley Unified School District

$50,000

Alameda

Oakland Unified School District

$50,000

Butte

Chico Unified School District

$50,000

Butte

Chico Unified School District

$50,000

Contra Costa

John Swett Unified School District

$50,000

Contra Costa

Liberty Union High School District

$50,000

Contra Costa

West Contra Costa Unified School District

$50,000

Fresno

Fresno Unified School District

$50,000

Fresno

Kings Canyon Joint Unified School District

$50,000

Fresno

Parlier Unified School District

$50,000

Humboldt

Northern Humboldt Union High School District

$50,000

Imperial

Calexico Unified School District

$50,000

Kern

Tehachapi Unified School District

$50,000

Lake

Konocti Unified School District

$50,000

Lake

Middletown Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Centinela Valley Union High School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Glendale Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Las Virgenes Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Pasadena Unified School District

$50,000

Los Angeles

Pasadena Unified School District

$50,000

Merced

Hilmar Unified School District

$31,000

Monterey

Soledad Unified School District

$50,000

Nevada

Nevada Joint Union High School District

$50,000

Orange

Anaheim Union High School District

$50,000

Orange

Huntington Beach Union High School District

$50,000

Orange

Irvine Unified School District

$50,000

Orange

Orange County Department of Education

$50,000

Orange

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

$50,000

Orange

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

$50,000

Placer

Western Placer Unified School District

$50,000

Riverside

Riverside County Office of Education

$50,000

Riverside

Riverside Unified School District

$50,000

Sacramento

Elk Grove Unified School District

$50,000

Sacramento

Folsom-Cordova Unified School District

$50,000

Sacramento

Folsom-Cordova Unified School District

$20,000

Sacramento

Twin Rivers Unified School District

$50,000

San Bernardino

Chino Valley Unified School District

$50,000

San Bernardino

San Bernardino City Unified School District

$50,000

San Bernardino

Apple Valley Unified School District

$50,000

San Bernardino

Apple Valley Unified School District

$50,000

San Diego

Coronado Unified School District

$50,000

San Diego

Grossmont Union High School District

$50,000

San Diego

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District

$50,000

San Joaquin

Manteca Unified School District

$50,000

San Joaquin

Manteca Unified School District

$50,000

San Mateo

Cabrillo Unified School District

$50,000

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Unified School District

$50,000

Santa Clara

East Side Union High School District

$50,000

Santa Clara

East Side Union High School District

$50,000

Santa Clara

East Side Union High School District

$50,000

Shasta

Anderson Union High School District

$50,000

Sonoma

Sonoma Valley Unified School District

$50,000

Sonoma

Windsor Unified School District

$50,000

Tulare

Porterville Unified School District

$50,000

Tulare

Tulare Joint Union High School District

$50,000

Ventura

Simi Valley Unified School District

$50,000

Ventura

Ventura County Office of Education

$50,000

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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