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Nixon outlines plan to expand A-Plus program

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand Missouri's program that provides free tuition to community colleges, making it available to all qualifying public school students who meet income guidelines.

The governor announced during his State of the State speech that he intends to push for expansion of the A-Plus program. The Democrat was in St. Louis Monday to outline his plan.

The program covers the cost of tuition and fees for two years at public community colleges or technical schools. High school students must meet academic, attendance and behavior guidelines and perform 50 hours of tutoring or mentoring.

But many high schools don't participate. Nixon's plan would provide the scholarships to any needy public school student in Missouri who meets the performance criteria.

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