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Hillsborough gets $3M for magnet programs



The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Hillsborough will receive $3.12 million to expand and enhance magnet programs in the first year of a three-year grant.

The district will use the money to fund the newly created elementary-level International Baccalaureate program at Lincoln Elementary. It also will establish pre-AP centers at Ferrell, Sligh and Dowdell middle schools. Additionally, the money will be used to enhance the AP scholars programs at Leto and Lennard high schools, according to grant writer Lynn Fell.

Hillsborough is one of 41 school districts in 17 states to receive the federal award. Other Florida recipients include Duval, Miami, Seminole and Palm Beach counties.

Hillsborough does not yet know exactly how much money it will receive in the second and third year of the grant, but expects similar funding levels, Fell said. The district has received similar magnet grants in recent years.

"Hillsborough has a great reputation at the federal level for implementing magnet programs appropriately, and I think it's a testament to that," Fell said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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