JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi colleges and universities are spending about $35.5 million a year to teach subjects that students should have learned in high school.
Higher education officials says the number of students in remedial classes is growing at about the same rate as enrollment.
The Clarion-Ledger reports they cost junior and community colleges in Mississippi about $25.5 million a year, with another $10 million spent by four-year colleges and universities.
Eric Clark of the state Community College Board says about 44 percent of the community college students enrolled statewide in 2010 took at least one remedial class in reading, English or math.
The state College Board says that in Mississippi's eight four-year public colleges and universities more than 4,000 students were in remedial classes last fall.
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