A seven-year, $49 million project will try to raise the high school graduation rate in some of Alabama’s poorest counties and get more students to attend college.
Alabama Governor Touts GEAR UP Program
The AP (10/31, Rawls) reports that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley took part in a ceremony on Friday with educators who are working on the state’s Gear Up Alabama program. The AP describes the program as a seven-year project to use $49 million to “try to raise the high school graduation rate in some of Alabama’s poorest counties and get more students to attend college.” Bentley said the program “is critical to changing mostly rural counties across central Alabama that traditionally have more poverty and higher unemployment than the rest of the state.” The article explains that ED “will put up $3.5 million a year,” which “will be matched by the project partners, including the state Department of Education, Alabama State University, Auburn University, the University of Alabama, the University of Montevallo and the Black Belt Community Foundation.”