The New York Times reports that the Department of Education has announced eligibility guidelines for low-income students as part of a new aid program. This program will determine who gets a share of $790 million in funds, and will also distribute approximately 500,000 grants–grants Congress created to stimulate science, math, and language study. In the course of establishing these guidelines, Congress said that for students entering their first or second year of study, they must have completed a “rigorous program of study” in secondary school. However, Congress left it up to the Department of Education to work out the details of what that means. To avoid the arduous task of determining rigor for the nation’s 18,000 high schools, the Department of Education laid out broad criteria in which students can demonstrate that they had taken demanding course work… (Note: This site requires free registration.)