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Committee Takes Up Giving CO Students the ‘Credit’ they Deserve

November 13, 2007

Denver, CO – More grads means more green. That's the argument of advocates who want a state legislative committee to resurrect the idea of dual enrollment for Colorado students, a system that allows them to earn college credits for certain courses while still in high school. Scott Groginsky, of the Colorado Children's Campaign says such programs help the state meet its education goals.

"Higher high school graduation and college participation and lower drop-out rates. More kids are staying in school and going to college, and that's really what all of us want."

One option for dual enrollment program would actually allow some students to stay in high school for a fifth year while they simultaneously earn college credit. That has opponents worried about draining money out of the state's traditional K-12 system, but Groginsky says more college grads means more money for the state.

"Students who complete college earlier will become taxpayers earlier and, because they have degrees, they're going to have higher earnings, which will produce more taxes."

The legislature's Committee on Legal Services holds a hearing today on a Colorado State Board of Education ruling supporting the programs. Two years ago, the Board had voted that dual enrollment programs were breaking state rules, but unanimously reversed its decision in August.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO