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Kansas Law Leads to 50 Percent Jump in High Schoolers Taking College CTE

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August 27, 2013

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Kansas Law Leads to 50 Percent Jump in High Schoolers Taking College CTE

The number of high school students taking CTE courses at community and technical colleges in Kansas increased by about 50 percent in the 2012-2013 school year, the first year of new legislation that places the responsibility for paying for those credits on the state, according to Celia Llopis-Jepsen of CJOnline.com.

Senate Bill 155 also includes a CTE incentive program that awards $1,000, subject to appropriation, to a school district for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credential in a high-need occupation. In addition, the bill requires the State Board of Regents to develop a statewide articulation agreement for CTE programs among high schools, community colleges, technical colleges and the Institute of Technology at Washburn University.

Llopis-Jepsen reports that the tuition-free college credit program cost $12 million in the first year, but education leaders believe it to be worth the investment.

 

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