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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 5, 2019 10:10 AM
From: Representative Jim Marshall
To: All House members
Subject: Charter School Reform - Dual Enrollment for Charter Schools
I invite you to cosponsor legislation that will be introduced in the near future to allow charter schools, regional charter schools, and cyber charter schools ("charter school entities") to offer dual enrollment programs to their students.

A dual enrollment program allows current high school students to enroll in concurrent college classes through an institution of higher education. Current laws only allow traditional public schools to enter into concurrent enrollment agreements and offer such programs. My legislation would allow charter school entities to offer similar programs to the students they serve.

The reforms embodied in my legislation is part of a legislative package of four bills critical to improving and strengthening our laws related to charter schools, which was groundbreaking upon its enactment in 1997 but has become outdated over time. We must make these reforms now in order to maintain charter, regional charter and cyber charter schools as a strong, quality school choice option for the Commonwealth's children and families.

Introduced as HB358