Last updated: February 05. 2014 11:28PM - 1976 Views
By John DiMaria

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State Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, has announced plans for a bill that would re-establish the Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools of Excellence.

Funding for that program was discontinued in 2009, but Gov. Tom Corbett has pledged $350,000 for it in the 2014-15 fiscal year, Boback said in a news release.

“This program provides talented and motivated students with the chance to challenge themselves academically,” Boback said. “Countless students benefited from the program in its more than 30-year existence.”

Students in the program were selected to attend a multiweek, tuition-free, summer enrichment program at a college or university in Pennsylvania. The program was established in 1973 with a focus on the arts, but later expanded to include science, health care, technology, global entrepreneurship and teaching.

Under Boback’s plan, also known as the Governor’s Schools of Excellence Act, the program would be administered by the state Department of Education. A minimum of three schools would be established in science, agricultural science, engineering and technology at institutions of higher education across Pennsylvania. Students would be selected through a competitive application process.

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