September deadline set for Pa. school funding



HARRISBURG -- School districts in Mercer and Lawrence counties will have until Sept. 15 to apply for funding under a new state program that will put college within reach for more students by allowing them to earn college credits while in high school.
The program will be run through partnerships between school districts and eligible post-secondary institutions.
The program will be available to high school juniors and seniors and vocational-technical students.
The General Assembly passed a 2005-06 state budget that includes $5 million for the program with up to $40,000 reserved for extra assistance for low-income students. School districts can use grants to pay for tuition, books, fees and transportation associated with the program.
Districts will be required to create a dual enrollment committee, adopt written agreements with their post-secondary partners and submit an annual report to the state department of education.
A grant application and more information about the dual enrollment program can be found at www.project720.org under "Dual Enrollment."

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