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CALEXICO'S DE ANZA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WINS $594,945 FOR PIONEERING REFORM EFFORT

 CALEXICO'S DE ANZA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WINS $594,945
 FOR PIONEERING REFORM EFFORT
 WASHINGTON, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The RJR Nabisco Foundaiton today awarded a $594,945 grant to De Anza Junior High School in Calexico, Calif. The grant will create at least three new schools within the original school, allowing for more specialized instruction to non-English speaking students.
 De Anza is one of just 14 schools nationwide to receive a grant in RJR Nabisco's Next Century Schools competition. Each winning school received up to $750,000 to develop and run dramatically different educational approaches over the next three years. More than 1,100 schools competed for a share of this year's $9 million in grant money.
 "It takes true courage to risk change in tough economic times. Instead of retreating to the relative security of the status quo, these pioneering educators are demonstrating that it is not only desirable but possible to fight for fundamental change in education," said Louis V. Gerstner Jr., chairman and CEO of RJR Nabisco, Inc.
 The Next Century Schools program invests in educators who have devised radically different educational approaches to meet the needs of their students. Last fall, RJR Nabisco challenged front-line educators to devise and submit revolutionary proposals that would improve student performance and demonstrate the potential for adaptation by other communities throughout the nation.
 Members of the Next Century Schools advisory board, which includes Keith Geiger, president of the National Education Association; Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers; former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean; and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, selected the winning schools.
 A school in which Spanish is the first language of 97 percent of the students, De Anza will deliver curriculum through interdisciplinary teams of six teachers. Students will be divided into three "learning families" of 60 students each. Two of the families will include limited English proficient students. By the end of its three-year funding cycle, De Anza will serve an estimated 480 students.
 Since launching Next Century Schools in 1989, RJR Nabisco has invested $30 million in the pioneering efforts of 43 schools. The 1992 winners will be the last class of schools to participate in the program. As each school reaches the end of its thrram is to make both an individual and collective difference in public education. As a result, we must take what we know to work in a single school and help spread that success to other communities searching for answers. In a few years, we anticipate that many of this year's winners will offer effective educational alternatives for countless communities across the nation," said Roger D. Semerad, president of the RJR Nabisco Foundation.
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 /CONTACT: Tracey Riese of RJR Nabisco, 212-258-5779, or David Sandor of Powell Tate, 202-434-8541, for RJR Nabisco/ CO: RJR Nabisco ST: California IN: SU:


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