HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS GET MONEY TO CLOSE ACHIEVEMENT GAP by Roxanne Escobales01/23/07
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Four Hillsborough County High Schools have received a total of 2-point-3 million dollars to help close the achievement gap experienced by poor and minority students.
Through its Excelerator Program, the College Board chose Hillsborough because the district demonstrated an urgent need to address the challenges facing underserved students.
Denver schools were also awarded Excelerator funds. They join schools in Chicago, Washington, DC and another Florida county – Duval.
The program’s aim is to expand the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses, which officials hope will prepare more traditionally under-represented students for college.
The Hillsborough County high schools taking part will be: East Bay, Leto, Middleton and Plant City. WMNF spoke with school superintendent Mary Ellen Elia about the new program. (roll tape “and Marshall”)
The College Board’s program was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.