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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 18, 2019 03:41 PM
From: Representative Adam Ravenstahl
To: All House members
Subject: Bringing College to Your High School
Pennsylvania is in a college debt crisis. Students from working families are going deeper into debt for longer times and instead of using their newly-earned degrees to spend their earnings in our economy and buying their piece of the American Dream, they’re struggling to pay off crushing student loans – and even leaving the state in search of opportunities.

We can fix this, help our students and do it with the state’s existing school districts leading the way to keep costs low. Right now, approximately 300 Pennsylvania schools offer students a chance to earn college credits while still in high school – it’s time we expand this winning formula, and even deliver a pathway where a student can earn a college degree at an Early College High School.

My bill would require the Department of Education to prepare a plan to create/enhance Early College High School programs, outline funding needs the state and federal government can assist with, target State System and State-Related colleges and universities to help provide support -- and do it all with the goal of making Early College High School programs available to every student by 2030.

Early College High School will increase high school graduation rates, cut down on student debt and prepare students to be part of the success of EVERY Pennsylvanian. Please sign onto this bill today.

Introduced as HB1759