Arne Duncan has announced that the US Department of Education will provide $21.5 million to high poverty students to pay fees for taking AP tests. In other words, $21.5 million of taxpayer money will be handed over to the College Board (new president, David Coleman, a major architect of the Common Core, a huge boondoggle for testing and computer companies).
Duncan clearly thinks this is a better investment than expanding free/reduced meal programs, improved health care for children of poverty and libraries, all ways of protecting ALL children of poverty from the impact of poverty. The US currently ranks 34th out of 35 economically advanced countries in the percentage of children living in poverty.
PS: Taking an AP exam costs a staggering $87. The grants will only cover the first $38.
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