Early college needs to be free

High school students will be guaranteed no-cost access to “early college” classes under the Pathways to College program, which is part of the Harkin-Enzi bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  While some Asian-American students have very high college enrollment and graduation rates, other subgroups, such as Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders, are struggling and should be included in the college completion agenda, a new report argues.

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  1. Homeschooling Granny says:

    Free, like air? Or free as in someone else will pay for it and I won’t worry about how that is done, even if 40% is paid by loans from the Chinese?

    It’s time for us to take responsibility for how things are paid for. We owe our students that much. The ones who take advantage of the “free college” may be appalled when the bill for same actually comes due.

  2. It shouldn’t cost more to provide community college classes at the “early college” high school than a traditional high school class. Those IMHO should be free to students. I disagree about the textbooks, however, since college-level books are typically quite a bit more expensive than high school level books. Many schools already charge AP students extra to purchase their textbooks- early college students should fall under the same policy.