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Congressman Van Taylor Announces the Dual Credit Innovation Act

Legislation Aims to Expand Access to Dual Credit Programs

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ALLEN, October 10, 2019 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 570-0927) | comments
With the support of local administrators, educators, and students at the Allen ISD STEAM Center, Congressman Van Taylor announced his legislative proposal aimed at expanding access to dual credit programs for high school students.
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ALLEN - Today, with the support of local administrators, educators, and students at the Allen ISD STEAM Center, U.S. Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) announced his legislative proposal aimed at expanding access to dual credit programs for high school students.

Joined by representatives from The University of Texas at Dallas, Collin College, Allen ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Plano ISD, and Wylie ISD, Congressman Taylor announced and signed his legislation, the Dual Credit Innovation Act, which will be introduced in the House of Representatives this coming week.

Congressman Van Taylor said, "Studies show students who participate in dual credit programs in high school are better prepared and more successful in college. They also graduate from college at higher rates and with less debt than students who don’t take dual credit courses." He went on, "By encouraging and expanding access to dual credit programs, we can improve graduation rates, expedite graduation, reduce the overall cost of college, and better prepare students to enter the workforce."

Congressman Taylor was joined by dozens of Allen ISD students, Collin College President Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College Executive Vice President Dr. Sherry Schumann, The University of Texas at Dallas Vice President, Public Affairs Amanda Rockow, Allen ISD Deputy Superintendent Robin Bullock, Allen ISD Board President Amy Gnadt, Allen ISD STEAM Center Executive Director Larry Labue, Lovejoy ISD Director of Advanced Academics Brie Smith, Plano ISD Executive Director for Advanced Academics and CCMR Dr. Rhonda Davis, Wylie ISD Superintendent Dr. David Vinson, Wylie ISD Board President Mitch Herzog, and others.

Specifically, the Dual Credit Innovation Act will create a “Dual Credit Innovation Award” within the United States Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Since its inception in the 1980’s, this program has served to highlight effective practices in successful schools, share best practices between schools, and improve outcomes. The new award created by Congressman Taylor’s legislation will recognize innovative dual credit partnerships between schools or school districts and
postsecondary institutions.

More information on the Dual Credit Innovation Act can be found here and text of the legislation can be found here.

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Education and Labor as well as the House Committee on Homeland Security.
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