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I am deeply concerned with the ruling regarding dual credit stating that "only juniors can receive college credit". This makes absolutely no sense to me and this rule will be extremely detrimental to our students and the math program that has been developed at [high school]. Given that we schedule by "ability" and not grade level students are able to advance at their own pace. This year we had 5 sophomores complete calculus I (U of W) college credit course. They were the highest performing students in the class. I have a great deal of data regarding the value of our program that supports the fundamental premise and belief of scheduling by ability. For example - the number of students enrolled in Algebra II in 2005 was 71; in 2012 211 students were in Algebra II!

Is there any hope in changing this ruling regarding dual credit? What is behind this rule? One minute we are pushing to get more students to take Algebra I as 8th graders (College Spark Grant) and yet we are going to deny students who earn college credit because of their age? Please help me understand the rationale behind this and what can be done to change the ruling.

I understand that the college wants/needs to cover the cost of their staff. However, there is a great deal of business research that shows if the price of an item or service is more reasonable---you can dramatically increase your sales. Because of the current $198 cost of tuition only 30-40% of eligible students pay for the class. If the business research is accurate---bringing the cost down could still bring in a similar total dollar amount. Also, forty dollars of the $198 goes as a “paperwork bonus” to the teacher of the class. I believe that fee could be reduced or eliminated which would also bring the price down.

I am also puzzled as to why there are not any state funds. This is something that the legislature can mull over.

For students on free/reduced lunch I know that state funds are provided (approximately $50 per student) to bring down the cost of each AP exam. I also know that f/r lunch students can have fees waived at the college if they are Running Start students---so I would imagine that is supplemented by the state. Why not provide this level of support for the College in the High School program?

Thank you for listening to my brainstorming.

If colleges reduced the amount charged by perhaps $70 and the teacher fee was eliminated or reduced by $30 then the cost for every student would be around $100.

If the legislature would fund $50 for free and reduced lunch students (like the AP exam) —low income students would pay $50 and be able to earn college credit.