Florida has long been a leader in offering Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, and other programs that allow students to pursue college credits while they’re still in high school.
But some state lawmakers say access to those options remains limited and uneven. Three bills advanced this week would expand access to college courses.
Collegiate high school overhaul
On Tuesday, the Senate Education PreK-12 committee backed a bill by Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz that would stop school districts from limiting participation in acceleration programs offered by local community colleges.
In 2014, Legg authored a bill that required school districts and community colleges to give students in every Florida county access to a public collegiate high school program, which allowed students to complete up to two year’s worth of college courses before graduation. But Legg said some districts have limited participation.
“Some of the school districts and state colleges have an enrollment cap of 25-30 kids,” he told the committee, which he chairs. “What we wanted to do was make sure there was not an artificially low [limit on participation].”
He acknowledged the college programs can be costly for districts to operate, so SB 1076 would create a bonus system that would offer districts an extra half-student’s worth of state per-pupil funding for every student who completes 30 college credit hours in the revamped acceleration programs. Continue Reading →