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School Board Discusses College Courses in High School

December 12th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

An overview of Senate Bill 740 during this week’s Allegany County School Board work session broke into a philosophical discussion about whether or not high school students should take college courses while in school. The complex legislation, passed by the General Assembly  requires the Maryland State Board of Education to establish mathematics course requirements for high school students and requires students to enroll in a college preparation curriculum, unless a parent enrolls the student in a non-college preparation curriculum. The legislation requires local school systems to make certain payments to public institutions of higher education for serving dually enrolled students. School Board member Mike Llewellyn says the college experience is more than just attending classes it adds to ones life experience. In addition, he doesn’t like to see the board allocate funds to colleges that could be kept in the classroom. And he says he doesn’t see the need to “rush” kids into the work force- particularly given the current state of the economy…


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