Congratulations to the 57 students from the Wake County school system who have been accepted into the 2010 Governor's School.
Statewide, 600 students were chosen from over 1,700 public and private school nominees to attend the six-week summer program for academically or intellectually gifted students. There's one financial hitch this year.
The families of the Wake students will have to pay half of the $500 tuition for the program.
Historically, the General Assembly has fully funded the program. But this year's budget problems led to a cutback in state funding that's requiring tuition to be charged.
The state left it up to individual school districts to determine how to cover the tuition.
The Wake school board agreed last month to pay half the tuition for each student. Parents are supposed to pay the remaining $250.
But Wake school officials say families who can't afford the tuition can request a fee waiver for the district to pick up the full costs.