SACRAMENTO -- Five East Bay school districts will receive $50,000 each in state grants to help provide advanced learning opportunities to high school students, state schools chief Tom Torlakson announced Monday.

Those receiving the money are: the Berkeley and Oakland districts in Alameda County and the John Swett, Liberty Union and West Contra Costa districts in Contra Costa County.

Statewide, 67 districts are receiving a total of $3.3 million in grants for specialized secondary programs to help develop innovative courses in subjects including English-language arts, mathematics, science, history and social science, foreign language, and visual performing arts.

A complete list of districts receiving the grants is available by visiting www.cde.ca.gov. Click on "Grants to Create Advanced Learning Opportunities."



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