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house Bill H.R. 937

Are Dual Enrollment Programs The Answer To Getting More High School Students Into College?

Argument in favor

Giving high school students more options to jump-start their college education is a valuable way to encourage them to pursue higher education and future success.

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03/03/2015
I went through a state funded dual enrollment program in high school, and I was able to get my bachelor's degree without accumulating enormous student loan debt. This bill will take the students that are bored in high school and help them dual enroll in a community college. This will saving their families thousands of dollars on their education and will better the students to teacher ratio in high school classrooms. Advanced students can push themselves and succeed, while struggling students will get more personalized attention.
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06/15/2015
"We should also modernize high school, empowering every student to graduate with a year of college credit, an apprenticeship, or a certificate or credential for a high-pay, high-skill job." [martinomalley.com]
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03/07/2015
Allowing dual credit gives academically advanced low income students the ability to save both time and money when it comes to college.
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Argument opposed

High school students should focus on their immediate educational goals instead of over-extending themselves in what is already a very competitive environment.

Loraki's Opinion
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10/10/2016
States' issue! The more the Feds stay out of EDUCATION, BUSINESS, HEALTHCARE, AND PARENTING, the better! Oh, and you want this to be tuition-free?! That means we taxpayers will foot the bill. A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, the bill authorizes $150,000,000 for 2016 and "such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021. ANOTHER SOCIALIST PLOY! No thanks, I'll pass!
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Richard's Opinion
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06/11/2015
Not every high school student should waste theirs or their parents money on college. There needs to be greater vocational training opportunities for these kids so they can enter the job market equipped to perform well.
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Craig's Opinion
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03/06/2015
Ban the "requirement" for degrees and start closing colleges. The current zombie push for college tells us high school education is poor and businesses lack training. People with experience but not recent degrees are suppressed and job blockaded. Higher education is a racket today. Government is allowing a genocide of middle-aged America while assuming younger people with degrees are capable of... what? Nothing proves this is a good or good for America course.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
      Higher Education and Workforce Investment
    IntroducedFebruary 12th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 937?

This bill would authorize the Secretary of Education to award 6-year grants that will either establish or support early college high schools and dual enrollment programs.


Through a mix of classes, early college high school programs allow students to earn a high school diploma and an Associate degree (or up to two years of college credit)  — tuition free. Dual enrollment programs give high school students the opportunity to take a college-level courses.


The bill would especially encourage low-income students to enroll in these programs in order to promote their engagement in higher education.

Impact

High school students, their families, dual enrollment programs, early college high school programs, college admissions, community college and university administrators and educators, the Secretary of Education, and the Department of Education.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 937

$150.00 Million
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, the bill authorizes $150,000,000 for 2016 and "such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

More Information

Of Note:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation teamed up with several other foundations in 2002 to fund Early College High School Initiatives. Operating in over 200 schools in 28 states and D.C., its stated goals include: 

"[focusing] on young people for whom the transition into postsecondary education is now problematic. Its priority is to serve low-income young people, first-generation college goers, English language learners, and students of color, all of whom are statistically underrepresented in higher education and for whom society often has low aspirations for academic achievement."

Those who do not support initiatives that aim to bring "college to all" claim that the U.S. focuses too narrowly on pushing students through higher education

"Our schools should instead offer students multiple pathways during and beyond high school including rigorous career and technical training, career counseling, apprenticeship programs, work-based learning, and smoother routes to community college."  


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) Press Release (Previous Bill Version)

The Hill (Previous Bill Version)

Dual Enrollment Fact Sheet

Early College High School Initiative Overview and FAQ


(Photo Credit: Flickr user COD Newsroom

AKA

Fast Track to College Act of 2015

Official Title

To authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to support early college high schools and other dual enrollment programs.

    I went through a state funded dual enrollment program in high school, and I was able to get my bachelor's degree without accumulating enormous student loan debt. This bill will take the students that are bored in high school and help them dual enroll in a community college. This will saving their families thousands of dollars on their education and will better the students to teacher ratio in high school classrooms. Advanced students can push themselves and succeed, while struggling students will get more personalized attention.
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    States' issue! The more the Feds stay out of EDUCATION, BUSINESS, HEALTHCARE, AND PARENTING, the better! Oh, and you want this to be tuition-free?! That means we taxpayers will foot the bill. A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, the bill authorizes $150,000,000 for 2016 and "such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021. ANOTHER SOCIALIST PLOY! No thanks, I'll pass!
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    "We should also modernize high school, empowering every student to graduate with a year of college credit, an apprenticeship, or a certificate or credential for a high-pay, high-skill job." [martinomalley.com]
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    Not every high school student should waste theirs or their parents money on college. There needs to be greater vocational training opportunities for these kids so they can enter the job market equipped to perform well.
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    Allowing dual credit gives academically advanced low income students the ability to save both time and money when it comes to college.
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    Two birds with one stone! Dual enrollment allows smartypants peeps to go to college for free and still be a high school student.
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    Ban the "requirement" for degrees and start closing colleges. The current zombie push for college tells us high school education is poor and businesses lack training. People with experience but not recent degrees are suppressed and job blockaded. Higher education is a racket today. Government is allowing a genocide of middle-aged America while assuming younger people with degrees are capable of... what? Nothing proves this is a good or good for America course.
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    Our students have enough on their plates already. They are overworked. Let them focus on their studies.
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    College is not a right or a necessity. What will help is dissolving the Dept of Ed and leaving it to states and to stop subsidizing loans which drive college costs up.
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    Let's promote higher education to our youth!
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    I am in a dual enrollment program. It is amazing. I get to learn how to live in an adult world, and how to be responsible for my own education, which are valuable skills that some people never get to learn.
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    I did Dual Enrollment during High School which helped me to settled into life at university faster then those who did not. It also helped to get students into classes that were closer to their interests vs taking introductally cpurses
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    Not every one is count out for college, even they are they can't afford it and are ineligible for grants and become loan victims. Even if they successfully complete college there is not enough jobs for all them and they get stuck working retail or some other crappy job, thus making 4+ years a waste of time that potentially saddled them with a humongous debt. Needs to be a focus on alternative forms of further education, why should have to study science in college when they want to work as an accountant. Trade schools that focus your studies on the desired subject should be the goal not a liberal arts education that split your focus on dozens of subjects.
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    Quit destroying higher education.
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    Help the youth
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    It's a straight shot - it helps ameliorate racial inequalities, helps students ramp up their education in a more advanced and educated age, and the cost is actually pretty low. This is essential.
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    Why this assumption that everybody should go to college?
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    High school students should be aspiring towards college and not wait until after high school to think about it. Besides having dual enrollment helps students determine very early the benefits of college education.
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    If this would have been available when I was in school, I could of gotten my degree that I so wanted by starting early. Once I graduated from high school, there was just no money for college. Make it possible for our students to look into their futures and make plans to attain them.
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    I am just finishing up my AA as a dual-enrollment student and as a result I will save tens of thousands of dollars. Dual Enrollment is the answer to getting students that are at a disadvantage both financially and informationally (my parents didn't go to college) into college.
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