Continue Funding for Advance Placement Testing

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Dear Prince George’s County Public School students, parents, teachers, and community members,

My name is Amanya Paige and I am one of the High School Advocates on Prince George's Regional Association of Student Government’s Executive Board. On January 31,2017 the Board of Education confirmed that they will not be funding Advance Placement exams for FY 2017-2018 for ANY students in the county during the budget work session. Advance Placement was designed by the College Board to better prepare students to be successful in college by exposing them to college level work in high school. Throughout the year, these courses prepare students to take an end of the year exam for potential college level credit. Prince George's County has funded the $93 cost of each exam previous years and this has never been an issue prior to 2016.  There is a large amount of Advance Placement students who take two or more Advance Placement courses. Two courses alone will cost $186. If a parent has two students enrolled in Advanced Placement and both of them take two Advanced placement courses a piece, then the price would cost $372.


The reality is that if our county stops paying for the Advance placement exams for ALL of our students, then students will be less inclined to take AP because of the financial burden of the AP exam at the end of each year. If the number of students taking AP classes declines, then we will not be meeting the part of our vision which states that The Prince George’s County Public School Systems vision is we will be a GREAT school system recognized for providing education services, which ensure that every student in our diverse school district graduates for college and careers in a global society.

Myself along Justina Blanco and Valeria Avila are working very hard to ensure that our rightfully deserved funding will be placed on the budget plan for FY 2017-2018, but I need YOUR help! I ask that you please sign this petition in support of keeping this burden off of the backs of our children and parents.



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