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S.195

Introduced by Committee on Education

Date:

Subject: Education; secondary education; postsecondary education; dual enrollment

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to establish that a secondary student may enroll in up to two courses in a postsecondary institution if the student is accepted and the secondary school does not offer the course or courses; that the commissioner of education shall pay a portion of the tuition costs and that the postsecondary institution shall not charge further costs; and that the student may earn credits toward both a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree from participation in the course or courses.

AN ACT RELATING TO DUAL ENROLLMENT IN A SECONDARY AND POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 16 V.S.A. ß 837 is added to read:

ß 837. DUAL ENROLLMENT

(a) A Vermont student attending a Vermont public secondary school or an approved independent school in Vermont may apply to the University of Vermont, the Vermont state colleges, or an independent postsecondary school which agrees to accept students under the conditions of this section, for admission into a course which is offered by the postsecondary institution to postsecondary students, provided:

(1) the course is not offered by the school which the student attends;

(2) the course is not a developmental or remedial course; and

(3) the principal or headmaster of the secondary school certifies that the student will benefit from taking the course, and that participation in the course will not interfere with the studentís ability to complete the requirements toward a high school diploma.

(b) In addition, a Vermont student attending a Vermont public secondary school or an approved independent school in Vermont may apply to one of the Vermont community colleges under provisions of subsection (a) of this section, or under the provisions of this subsection as follows:

(1) the course is offered by the secondary school, but is taught at the postsecondary institution in a way which is different and likely to benefit the student;

(2) the course may or may not be primarily focused on the needs of secondary students;

(3) participation in the course is part of a personal learning plan which the student has developed and which is approved by the secondary school principal or headmaster; and

(4) participation in the course will not interfere with the studentís ability to complete the requirements toward a high school diploma.

(c) If the student is accepted into a postsecondary course or courses pursuant to this section, the secondary school shall accept any credits the student earns toward a high school diploma, and the postsecondary institution shall accept credits earned toward a postsecondary degree on the same basis as credits are awarded to its postsecondary students, if the student later is accepted as a student at that institution.

(d) This section may apply to credit-bearing courses offered through distance learning.

(e) For a student enrolled in a postsecondary course pursuant to this section, the commissioner shall pay one-twelfth of the amount of the general state support grant per equalized pupil for the year of attendance per course for up to two courses per year.

(f) The postsecondary institution shall not charge further tuition or fees to the student or the studentís parent or guardian; however, the student, parent or guardian shall be responsible for the cost of textbooks.

Sec. 2. APPROPRIATION

The amount of $301,500.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the education fund to pay for tuition at postsecondary institutions pursuant to Sec. 1 of this act.