The following are excerpts from recent articles highlighting Advanced Placement Incentive grants that the U.S. Department of Education awarded in Illinois and Maryland last Friday. The grants will provide the opportunity for more low-income students to take Advanced Placement courses.In Illinois:
"Madison and several other metro-east school districts will get advanced-placement classes in the next three years, thanks to a federal grant. Kristine Cohn, a representative of the U.S. Department of Education, visited Madison High School on Friday to award the first installment of a $2.4 million grant to Project LEAP (Linking Education to Advanced Placement), a cooperative program among Madison, Alton, Cahokia, Brooklyn Lovejoy and Venice school districts. Students from low-income families who take (advanced placement) courses are much more likely to enroll and succeed in college, Cohn said. Most well-paying jobs require at least some post-secondary education, if not a full four years.
"Advanced-placement classes are more intensive, in-depth courses that allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. It's an opportunity for them to advance their studies before they get to the college level, Madison Superintendent Sandra Schroeder said. When they enter college, they will be better prepared."
"Juniors Kamesha Salmond and Anar Long, who met Cohn Friday, said they would be very interested in taking advanced-placement classes, as both intend to go to college. I'd like to do more early, more advanced classes, Kamesha said. We don't have advanced classes right now."
"Maryland officially received more money Friday for education. WBAL-TV 11 News education reporter Tim Tooten reported the U.S. Department of Education presented the state with a $741,000 check to encourage more low-income students to take Advanced Placement courses. The state is slated to receive $2.5 million over the next three years.
"We feel very strongly in the benefits of the Advanced Placement program and this is very much in line with the president's agenda to reform the American high school. We think it's important for more students to participate in rigorous coursework, said Nina Rees, who is the deputy undersecretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education."
– WBAL-TV (May 13, 2005)
More information on No Child Left Behinds Advanced Placement Incentive program is available at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/apincent/index.html
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