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Two schools in San Diego County won a first-ever award for California independent study programs. Mount Everest Academy, a San Diego Unified school that assists homeschooling parents with state-standardized independent study programs, and Coastal Academy, an Oceanside charter school with a similar bent, won the Exemplary Independent Study Recognition Award.

This is the first year that California has given the award. It coincides with a statewide debate about homeschooling after a state appellate court issued a ruling that would ban parents from homeschooling without a teaching credential. The charter programs often help homeschooling parents without teaching credentials align their lessons to state requirements.

EMILY ALPERT

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