Yesterday, Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) and his colleague Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) reintroduced the Dual Credit Innovation Act. This bill aims to both expand dual credit offerings and create a forum to share innovative best practices between education institutions across the nation.
Representative Taylor stated, "Our next generation of engineers, public servants, and doctors are sitting in high school classrooms across the nation. The future of our country is in their hands and dual credit classes are a crucial stepping stone to helping prepare these students for college classes." He continued, "Not only will dual credit classes reduce the overall cost of college tuition, but it will also expedite college graduation rates and get our young leaders ready to enter the workforce."
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.