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Today’s must-read: Lauren Do on AP at Encinal

Submitted by on 1, February 24, 2010 – 5:55 amNo Comment

Local blogger Lauren Do had an interesting post Tuesday about Encinal High School losing funding it had to cover the cost of Advanced Placement exams for the school’s lower income students and on the school’s efforts to recoup the loss.

In a nutshell, the school just learned it isn’t getting the $16,000 or $17,000 in state funds it had planned to use to cover the bulk of the $86 cost of taking last year’s and this year’s exams for its lower-income students. And money the school could have considered using to pay those costs has already been dedicated to other programs.

“It’s one of a thousand stories in the state of funds drying up and going away,” Principal Mike Cooper said when I checked in Tuesday.

Cooper said that 54 percent of the school’s students are eligible for a free or reduced price lunch, and therefore, the funding to pay for the exams. He said the school gives about 400 AP exams a year, and that seven of the school’s top 10 students would qualify for the funding to pay for them.

Cooper said the school’s AP teachers are scrambling to raise the money to pay for the exams, and that they are working to set up a series of fundraisers to cover those costs, including a series of fundraisers coming up at Otaez called Eat Smart. The restaurant plans to give the school’s AP programs 20 percent of the proceeds from dinners served on March 10, 17 and 24; check the school’s website for the flyer you’ll need to given them to make the donation happen.

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