Governor Recognizes Education

9 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, January 06 2011 Jan 6, 2011 Thursday, January 06, 2011 9:53:06 PM CST January 06, 2011 in News
RUSSELLVILLE - Governor Jay Nixon was at Russellville High School Thursday recognizing the school on its A+ designation. The A+ program provides two years of tuition and fees at public community colleges for students and schools that meet the program's requirements. The Governor said education must be a priority this legislative session.

The requirements for the A+ program include a minimum 2.5 GPA, participation in a tutoring or mentoring service, and good behavior in the classroom. More than 300 schools have A+ designation and one teacher says rural schools need this more than anyone.

"It's very difficult for a student in rural Missouri to get some of the scholarships because they don't have some of the opportunities that some of the larger schools have," said Russellville teacher Tina Sellner.

Since 1997 nearly 125,000 Missouri students have qualified for A+ scholarships, and more than 50,000 students have received financial support.

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