Hi all, Tim here. I found an interesting article today while reading the news. It’s about a 3-year high school diploma track for qualified students currently being planned by the Dallas Independent School District. Officials in charge of planning the program claim it will free up thousands of dollars of funds that can be redirected to the full-time Kindergarten program. In fact, it will redirect enough money to help twice as many kindergarten students for each high school student in the 3-year high school diploma program.
Who supports the bill for a 3-year High School Diploma?
So far, the bill has seen broad bipartisan support. According to Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, “starting kids off early is a proven, successful method for improving their educational experience.”
In addition to cutting costs, the 3-year high school diploma program would also allow qualified students to get a jump-start on their college career.
The pilot program will run during the 2014-2015 school year, and would be enrolled on a voluntary basis with parental consent. So far, it is understood that the program must be structured in both English and Math to ensure students can perform successfully in junior-college courses.
The State Board of Education still has a chance to voice their concerns on the proposal, and the Texas Education Agency Commissioner must approve the program – both before it is put into effect.