The Santa Ana Unified School District qualifies to receive double the funding for its Community-Based English Tutoring Program for the current school year because of unspent funds.

The district will receive an additional $ 1,484,568 for a total of $ 2,969,136.

During the 1998-99 school year, trustees signaled their intent to participate in the CBET, but could not implement the program because of Proposition 227.

According to state officials, the money is based on the district’s number of Limited English Proficient students identified in the annual Language Census. About 39,100 of the district’s 56,000 students fit that category.

Trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved the certificate of assurance for the program for the current school year.

In other business, trustees, by a 4-1 vote, ratified the submission of the Willard/Spurgeon Collaborative Vision 2020 Grant.

Trustee Rosemarie Avila voted no.

The $ 30,000 grant proposal would expand existing programs and add the Volunteer Center of Orange County to provide a service learning component.

The grant focuses on supporting student academic achievement at the intermediate level and promoting higher education.

Programs under the Vision 2020 Collaborative Grant include Bridge Career Explorer, SCORE, University of California, Irvine, Early Academic Outreach and career fairs.

Goals of the expanded program include increased career awareness, more opportunities for service learning, improved academics and expanded parent, community and business involvement.

The expansion of the grant would add 10 more classroom teachers to the 11 who participated last year.

Avila voted against the proposal because “a lot of times service learning takes a lot of time from academic learning. Service learning is more suitable to high school juniors and seniors. “



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