State Rep. Aaron Miller was joined last week by two intermediate school district superintendents in testifying before the House Education Reform Committee in support of legislation to expand the scope of eligible institutions for post-secondary education for dual enrollment purposes.
Miller said lawmakers’ commitment to high school dual enrollments should not be dictated by a state’s boundaries where it makes sense. Several school districts border another state and that limits students’ opportunities in advanced courses by what can be an invisible line on a map, he said.
Also speaking before the committee were Brent Holcomb, superintendent of the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District in Cass County, which includes six school districts.
House Bill 4735 amends the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act, allowing students enrolled in a public, charter or private school district to have dual enrollment with an out-of-state college for advanced or post-secondary courses for college credit. The bill specifies that the out-of-state facility must be within 20 miles of the shared border.