PORTLAND (AP) — Maine is increasing funding and expanding offerings for a program that provides free online Advanced Placement courses to students who can't get them at their local high school.
There are currently about 200 students taking 17 courses in Maine's AP4ALL program.
The Portland Press Herald reported that for the 2013-2014 academic year, funding is increasing from nearly $137,000 to more than $198,000, and the state is hoping to enroll 420 students in 21 courses.
AP4ALL was funded from 2007 to 2010 with federal money. It went on hiatus for a year when that money ran out. The state relaunched it at the urging of the Legislature's Education Committee.
The courses are taught by Maine teachers, paid an extra $5,000 a year. Books and materials are loaned to students.