BOISE -- The state Department of Education says nine school districts have been approved for a program that rewards students who graduate high school early with scholarship money.

Another four school districts have been tentatively approved and do not qualify under current rules for the program, which limits participation to two districts per region.

The education department plans to work with Idaho lawmakers to allow the four additional school districts to participate in the six-year pilot program.

The program was signed into law this year and allows students to earn scholarships to an Idaho college or university for each year they graduate high school early.

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