State Lands $13.2 Million Grant for Advanced High School Courses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The oversized $13.2 million check simply
reads "AP Training and Incentive Grant."

Alabama is one of only seven to have scored one of the National Math and Science Initiative grants.

The grant, announced yesterday, is partly funded by ExxonMobil, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The award is the largest private grant the state's K-12 system has ever received.

Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky and Connecticut have also received grants from the Dallas-based initiative. The plan is to offer more Advanced Placement courses for high school students and get them to
take the Advanced Placement exam.

Carol Crawford, who currently coordinates AP courses for the education department, said the first of the six years will be spent on planning and expanded class offerings. It will start in the fall of 2008.

Jefferson and Montgomery county schools will be the first to participate in the program.

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