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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii, April 22, 2011 -- Campbell, Leilehua, Mililani and Radford High Schools are among the 32 public high schools nationwide that will receive financial funding to support advanced placement, or AP, courses in math and science.

Specifically focused on schools and areas with high military populations, this special funding is spearheaded by the National Math and Science Initiative in partnership with the Military Child Education Coalition and the Military Impacted Schools Association.

The funds will be disbursed at the start of school year 2011-2012.

The funding supports "Joining Forces," a new initiative, as of April 12, 2011, led by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden. The initiative will bring attention to the unique needs and strengths of America's military families.

Obama and Biden want to draw attention to the service, sacrifice and needs of military children. Joining Forces "promotes and supports higher education institutions and programs that expand education opportunities," according to the White House website.

Federally Connected Pupils data for school year 2009-2010 counted 81 military students at Campbell, 546 at Leilehua, 185 at Mililani, and 463 at Radford. However, these numbers fluctuate as military students move in and out throughout the school year.

These schools will get additional training for their AP teachers and support with building high-level math and science AP programs. Students will have access to rigorous college-level courses, and AP classrooms will receive computers, science equipment and other needed materials.

Also, these schools expect to see increased AP enrollment, since enrolled students will be eligible for financial incentives.

Hawaii is unique with the presence of all military branches. Many of Hawaii's military students have had at least one parent deployed multiple times, to Iraq or Afghanistan, due to operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Resources for Joining Forces

Learn more about special funding for AP classes:

-- Joining Forces at www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces
-- National Math and Science Initiative at www.nationalmathandscience.org
-- Military Child Education Coalition at www.militarychild.org
-- Military Impacted Schools Association at www.militaryimpactedschoolsassociation.org

Page last updated Fri April 22nd, 2011 at 16:32