Georgia’s low-income students get AP exam subsidy in supplemental budget

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Georgia’s low-income students get AP exam subsidy in supplemental budget

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Georgia lawmakers are trying to make up for a policy shift last year that made it more difficult for poor kids to afford to take Advanced Placement exams.

Last year, lawmakers shifted the state exam subsidy from paying for one per student from a low-income household to paying for any student to test, but only in a “STEM” subject -- science, engineering, technology or math.

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee tucked an additional $408,115 into the current fiscal year budget for the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement to pay “for one non-STEM AP exam for low-income students.”

The full House is expected to approve the supplemental budget Thursday.

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