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Idea would trim, continue NC Governor's School

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A summer academic enrichment program that
North Carolina taxpayers have provided for hundreds of students
each year could continue despite a funding cutoff by state
budget-writers.

A task force figuring out a way to keep Governor's School alive
next year is recommending that the State Board of Education turn to
private contributions.

The traditional six-week program operates at Salem College in
Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh. Hosting the 600 to
800 students has cost about $1.5 million.

The committee is recommending a foundation raise a minimum of
$550,000 from contributors. That's enough to run a reduced program
of 300 students on one campus, with students contributing $500 as
they do now.

More than 31,000 have gone through the academic and arts courses
in the summer program since 1963.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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