Mississippi lawmakers eye cost of remedial college courses

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Mississippi is spending more than $35 million a year on remedial courses for students who aren’t ready for college, and lawmakers are looking for solutions.

The state Department of Education is seeking at least $5.5 million more for a literacy program for the coming year, state Superintendent Carey Wright said Tuesday to the House Appropriations Committee.

State universities spent about $10 million on remedial instruction for freshmen who weren’t ready for college, and state community and junior colleges spent about $25 million on remedial education.

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