Senate Panel Approves Bartolotta’s Bill to Expand Educational Opportunities for Charter School Students

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HARRISBURG – The Senate Education Committee approved a proposal today that would give charter school students the opportunity to participate in dual enrollment programs, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to enroll in concurrent college courses through an institution of higher education, offering an opportunity for students to get a head start toward earning a college degree.

Although dual enrollment programs are available to students who attend traditional public schools, that option is not available to charter school students under current law.

Senate Bill 237 would allow charter schools, regional charter schools, and cyber charter schools to offer similar programs to the students they serve.

“Dual enrollment programs have a proven track record of success in helping prepare students for the rigors of college coursework,” Bartolotta said. “Studies have shown that having access to dual enrollment programs increases the likelihood of students continuing their education after high school, prepares them for academic success in college, and can decrease the cost of college if they have fewer required courses to complete.”

The bill was sent to the full Senate for consideration.

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