WASHINGTON, DC— Today, U.S. Representatives Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced the Go to High School, Go to College Act. The new bill aims to improve secondary and postsecondary outcomes for students and while also maximizing the efficiency of federal student aid. In response, Deb Delisle, president and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), made the following comment.
“In today’s economy, postsecondary education is not a luxury, it’s a requirement. Too often, however, students’ pathways through college are thwarted by mounting debt. Thus, a significant challenge is how to increase access to college while decreasing student debt? While it doesn’t require a silver bullet, it will take a smart policy.
“The Go to High School, Go to College Act is exactly that. It offers an opportunity for underserved students to earn college credit while in high school, at no cost to them.
“Given that students with early college experiences are five to seven times more likely to earn a postsecondary credential, the evidence shows that this type of solution works. There is no question that it must be included in a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.”
UPDATE: On June 18, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the bill in the U.S. Senate.
Read the press releases:
U.S. Reps. Fudge and Stefanik: https://fudge.house.gov/press-statements/reps-fudge-and-stefanik-introduce-go-to-high-school-go-to-college-act/
U.S. Senators Portman and Warner: https://www.portman.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/portman-warner-introduce-bill-increase-access-college-credits-low-income
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The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization committed to improving educational outcomes—and lives—of students, with a focus on those in middle and high school. We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion and specifically advocate on behalf of all students who are historically underserved or marginalized. all4ed.org