From the Federal Register: Applications for New Awards; Advanced Placement Test Fee Program
Purpose of Program: The Advanced Placement Test Fee Program awards grants to State educational agencies to enable them to pay all or a portion of advanced placement test fees on behalf of eligible low-income students who (1) are enrolled in an advanced placement course; and (2) plan to take an advanced placement exam. The program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who take advanced placement tests and receive scores for which college academic credit is awarded.
Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
Estimated Available Funds: $28,483,000.
Estimated Range of Awards: $13,235-$10,757,186.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $694,710.
Estimated Number of Awards: 41.
Though this seems like an equitable way to utilize federal education tax dollars, there are some questions that must be asked.
Why does it cost so much to take an advanced placement test for college entrance for any student?
Answer: Because it maintains the profits of the “hedgehogs”.
If these “low income” students are taking advanced placement courses and plan to take the advanced placement test, shouldn’t they plan to pay for the test as well?
Answer: Yes, however these tests are designed to fail students so they have to be retaken, costing students twice the original fee, adding to the “hedgehogs” coffers.
Why should nearly $29 million dollars be spent on test taking at the advanced program level when we are failing to educate our children at the elementary level?
Answer: Once again, it is more profitable for the “hedgehogs” to sell states testing materials that insure failure and retesting than it is to properly educate our children at the elementary level.
Federal and State collected education tax dollars must be spent to educate our children at their earliest stages of development.
Twenty-nine million dollars can be utilized to provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents toward becoming a respectful, responsible, actively engaged citizen of these United States who can afford their college entrance exams.
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