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Changes needed in dual-enrollment funding, college presidents say



Few Florida educators see anything but good in the state's dual enrollment program, which allows high school students to take college courses and earn college credits for free.

When it comes to the funding, though, problems begin to crop up.

Lake Sumter Community College has seen its dual enrollment increase by 12 percent, president Chuck Mojock told the State Board of Education today, but the money to cover the costs has not kept up. St. Johns River State College has 100 seniors completing their final year of high school completely at the college, president Joe Pickens said, yet their districts and not  the college gets the bulk of their funding.

"The higher the number gets, the more difficult it is to continue," Mojock said.

Pickens called upon the State Board to find a way to get more money to the colleges to cover the costs, without taking money from K-12 schools.

"What is the real harm of having some funding that is over 1 when the benefit to the state is the student is receiving double credit?" Pickens said. "The concept of partial double funding is not out of the realm of reasonable."

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:09pm]


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