Dean Pitches More Use of Lottery Money in High School

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will ask state legislators to remove financial barriers so more students can take college courses while in high school, according to The Tennessean.
State Rep. Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, the House Education chairman, said lawmakers would support Dean’s bill because they want more high school students in dual enrollment and more Tennesseans with degrees, but such measures always come down to money.
Dean’s plan may ask to realign existing lottery dollars to fully cover tuition costs for high schoolers who want to take college classes. The courses are offered more cheaply to high school students while getting them into college earlier, but many still struggle to pay.
During the 2010-11 school year, more than 16,000 Tennessee high school students took dual enrollment courses. Tennessee lottery funds covered $7.2 million of those costs. Eligible high school students can take up to eight college courses in their junior and senior years, with lottery-based HOPE Scholarships paying a portion of dual enrollment tuition for students whose ACT score and grade-point average qualify them.
But if students use the money in high school, the amount paid for dual enrollment will be deducted from their first year in college, which could be a discouragement, officials said.

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