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Rep. Taylor Introduces H.R. 4677, the Dual Credit Innovation Act

Legislation Aims to Expand Access to Dual Credit Programs

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Washington, October 16, 2019 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 570-0927) | comments
Last night, Congressman Van Taylor introduced legislation aimed at expanding access to dual credit programs for high school students.
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WASHINGTON - Last night, U.S. Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) introduced legislation 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 the proposal last week while visiting with students and faculty at the Allen ISD STEAM Center.

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 continued, "By encouraging and expanding access to dual credit programs, my legislation, the Dual Credit Innovation Act, can improve graduation rates, expedite graduation, reduce the overall cost of college, and better prepare students to enter the workforce."

Specifically, H.R. 4677 will create a “Dual Credit Innovation Award” within the 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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