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Hartford students scramble to pay SAT fees

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Hartford Public High School students are scrambling to raise funds needed to pay for last-minute forms to participate in the upcoming SAT exam after a recent decision to vote down funding to waive the fees for the college admissions test.

In 2011, students and their families were struggling financially, so many did not have the $77 fee to pay for SATs. So to help students, the Hartford Public Schools paid the fee for any senior who wanted to take the test.

In 2012, many students and their families are still struggling financially and they were hoping that the fee would be waived again.

The Hartford Board of Education decided to no longer fund a $100,000 contract that provided the money needed for all seniors to take their test at Hartford Public High School on Oct. 17

So, students in the Hartford Public Law and Government Academy created posters on the board's decision. And on Friday, some of them even walked out of school to protest the decision by the board of education.

"Hopefully, they may see that Hartford kids do care about their education, and want to further it," said senior Shavonne Jackson.

A Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. inside the Hartford Public Library. The contract is expected to be discussed at the meeting.

"We have every reason to anticipate the board may approve this," said Hartford Schools spokesman David Medina about the contract.

The College Board "is working to accommodate the students who were affected by this," according to a release on Monday afternoon. The board said it will waive any late fees for students affected.

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