The Washington Post reports that Fairfax County Public Schools is not only no longer charging high school students taking AP courses for the exam fee, it is considering refunding fees collected from students earlier this year. This is in the wake of Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli's opinion that schools cannot charge for the course if grade weighting results.
The Post further reports that "Officials in Loudoun County - where students sacrifice one point on their grade point averages if they don't take A.P. tests, although the exams are technically not required - are contemplating their own response to Cuccinelli's ruling." Fairfax is a tough precedent to follow during budget time: 2 x $900,000 is a lot to factor into the process; even 1 x $900,000 is. Oh, oh, almost forgot that we've been charging for a year longer than FCPS; it would be problematic if we refund this year's fees because that would raise the issue whether last year's should be coughed up as well.
Maybe LCPS will take this opportunity to reconsider its practice of encouraging every student to take AP classes, especially the ill-prepared.