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Granger High Taking Advantage of AP Grant Money for Rural Schools

YAKIMA, Wa -  The state superintendent has been giving out money to rural schools in an effort to increase minority and low income participation in AP testing. Granger is the only high school in the entire Yakima Valley to apply for the grant money.  They say its helping them open new doors for their students.

Cassandra Russell is a freshman at Granger High School.  She's taking one advanced placement class this year.  AP World History.

"It was tough at first, but now I've gotten used to it," she says.

Granger High School is one of 38 rural schools across the state receiving grant money from the state superintendent for its advanced placement program.

"Well, basically it's giving our kids an opportunity to compete," says Principal Esparza.

He says they have used the grant money to help them start the AP program two years ago. This year, they received six thousand dollars.  That money goes to train teachers and it also pays for students who qualify for free lunches to take the AP tests.  Esparza says that includes 85% of his student body, so without this money, they might not get this opportunity.

"They're gonna have challenging classes and they need because college and the job market is competitive," says Esparza.

And now students like Cassandra Russell feel like they're gaining a competitive edge.

"It's the same workload.  I can fit in anywhere."