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Chapter 14. Pilot Projects In Applied Academic Areas and Programs   

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(a) In accordance with the requirements of this chapter, the State Department of Education shall select six school districts maintaining any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to participate in pilot projects in applied academic areas and programs. The pilot projects shall commence in May 1991, and continue through April 1994. The purpose of the pilot projects shall be to provide opportunities for pupils to attain academic interpersonal and entry-level employment skills upon graduation from high school pursuant to Sections 51225.3 and 51228. These program areas shall include, but shall not be limited to, the applied academic areas of agriculture, business and office education, marketing, health careers, consumer and homemaking education, home economic-related occupations, industrial arts technical education, and trade and industrial education. School districts which elect to participate in the pilot project, and which are selected by the department, shall receive a one-time grant in an amount not to exceed thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) for the purpose of administering the pilot project.

The department shall ensure that school districts selected to participate in the pilot projects are representative of large, medium, and small school districts, and school districts from rural, suburban, and urban areas. In order to be eligible to participate in the pilot projects, a school district must be in the top 30th percentile of school districts in terms of high school dropout rates.

(b) As used in this chapter, "interpersonal skills" means appropriate listening skills, the ability to communicate effectively through writing and speaking, the ability to solve problems cooperatively and to negotiate solutions, the ability to take responsibility for the person's own work, and the ability to work productively with others.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 519, Sec. 4.)