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Local lawmaker pushes for AP course credit bill

Danbury state Representative Michael Ferguson pushed for a bill about acceptance of AP course credits at public colleges, if the student scored a 4 or greater.  But the bill did not get advanced by the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee this week. 


Ferguson said the proposal would have addressed some of the challenges around Advanced Placement courses, but bringing consistency among public state schools. 


At Danbury High School, 45% of juniors and seniors take at least one AP course, and 30% of those students qualify for free or reduced lunch. CollegeBoard currently has 38 AP courses, 24 of which are offered at Danbury High School.  Students could complete nearly a full year of credits prior to entering college, which Ferguson says would make college more affordable for students.