The Academy of Math and Science is to Open as Scheduled

Speculation that a new project at Western Kentucky University would be stalled can be put to rest.

A bill that didn't make it through the general assembly would've tied up some loose ends for the Academy of Math and Science at WKU, but it won't push back its opening.

Laura Rogers has more.

Dr. Julia Roberts, from the WKU Center for Gifted Studies, along with Senator Brett Guthrie want to clear up any confusion about this fall's opening of the state's new math academy.

"The Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky will open in the fall of 2007," Guthrie said.

The confusion came after worries that the opening would be stalled due to legislation that failed in the general assembly. According the Guthrie, the legislation would have allowed the students to receive a high school diploma from the academy and the problem was with the teacher.

"You can't get high school credit in a college class from a college professor because a college professor is not a certified high school teacher. They teach physics yet they can't teach high school students because there are these laws created by the teachers unions," Roberts said.

Roberts calls the legislation that didn't go through enabling.

"It's this kind of legislation that would make some of the implementation issues easy, but they can be solved. It will be handled, and we will be opening this fall," Roberts said.

Roberts also said money had already been allocated in the state budget for the students' tuition, room and board and for renovations of Florence Schneider Hall, where the students will live.

"Kentucky will become the 14th state in the country to have a residential school with a focus on math and science supported by a state budget - isn't that exciting?" Roberts exclaimed.

Exciting for 120 students who will get a head-start on their college educations beginning this fall.

Interviews are being conducted at the present time to narrow down the academy's applicants. One hundred and fifty students from 74 Kentucky counties have applied to take part.

Roberts said the details are still being worked out, but there is no question that the academy's students will receive high school diplomas. One possibility is to have the sending high schools grant the students a diploma on top of a diploma they would earn from the academy.

To learn more about the academy visit www.wku.edu/academy/.


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