Guest Post: CSC’s Dual Enrollment/Credit work helps students and schools.

September 28, 2017 no comments Signe Swenson

Today on the EdVisions blog, we have a guest post by Joe Nathan of the Center for School Change. We hope you enjoy learning more about one of our affiliate organizations and their efforts to improve access to education in Minnesota!

CSC and MACPS at the capitol

Since 1988, the Center for School Change has been working to expand dual credit opportunities for Minnesota students, and dual credit resources and support for students.  The CSC, an affiliate of EdVisions, was active again in the 2017 legislative session, scoring victories for educators and students.

CSC and Minnesota Association of Charter Public Schools helped convince legislators to what could be called at “double PSEO tax” on charter public schools.  As it did with traditional district public schools, MDE was deducting from the state per pupil aid a percentage based on the number of students taking PSEO courses, and the amount of time they spent on PSEO.  However, MDE also was deducting funds from a charter’s “Lease aid” based on PSEO participation.  CSC and MACS convinced legislators that this was an unfair “double tax.” The 2017 Minnesota legislature eliminated it.

Second, for several years, CSC has worked with other groups to double financial support for college in the schools/concurrent enrollment courses taught in high schools, from $2 to $4 million per year.  CSC helped lead efforts with others to delay implementation for 5 years of questionable demands by the Higher Learning Commission regarding required degrees and coursework of CIS/CE high school faculty. We also won state support for teachers who are working toward these credits.

CSC continued worked with families and students to help strengthen the PSEO law.  This year, legislators agreed to require that all public schools (including charters) must provide space, computer and internet access, allowing students to take PSEO courses “on-line”, in the school.

Finally, CSC, High School for Recording Arts and Migizi Communications high school students have created free, “hip-hop” videos in 7 languages (scroll down to view), promoting various forms of dual credit.

Joe Nathan
Director

 

For more information on the CSC and it’s programs visit centerforschoolchange.org