With the support of local administrators, educators, and students at the Allen ISD STEAM Center, U.S. Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) on Thursday announced his legislative proposal aimed at expanding access to dual credit programs for high school students.
Joined by Plano ISD Executive Director for Advanced Academics and CCMR Dr. Rhonda Davis and representatives from The University of Texas at Dallas, Collin College, Allen ISD, Lovejoy ISD, and Wylie ISD, Taylor announced and signed his legislation, the Dual Credit Innovation Act, which will be introduced in the House of Representatives this coming week.
"Studies show students who participate in dual credit programs in high school are better prepared and more successful in college,” Taylor said. “They also graduate from college at higher rates and with less debt than students who don’t take dual credit courses." He went on, "By encouraging and expanding access to dual credit programs, we can improve graduation rates, expedite graduation, reduce the overall cost of college, and better prepare students to enter the workforce."
Specifically, the Dual Credit Innovation Act will create a “Dual Credit Innovation Award” within the United States Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Since its inception in the 1980’s, this program has served to highlight effective practices in successful schools, share best practices between schools, and improve outcomes. The new award created by Taylor’s legislation will recognize innovative dual credit partnerships between schools or school districts and post secondary institutions.