The Alliance’s Robert Rothman comments on U.S. Dept. of Ed’s initiative to aid Advanced Placement Low-income students"Anything that makes it easier for low-income students to participate is a good thing," said Robert Rothman, a senior fellow with the Alliance for Excellent Education, a nonprofit that focuses on education equality. Rothman added that the cost of the exam isn't the only factor that limits the participation of low-income students. "A big part of the problem is the availability of classes," he said. "Low-income students are more likely to attend schools that do not offer advanced placement classes."