As the House Committee on Education and the Workforce begins work on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind, Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) successfully passed an amendment to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, that would support dual enrollment programs. Rep. Heck's amendment allows local educational agencies to use Title I, II, and III funding under the bill to support dual enrollment and early college high schools. The amendment will help prepare students for success in postsecondary education by reducing the need for remediation in college and the workplace. It will also allow school districts to recruit teachers and provide professional development to teach dual credit and dual enrollment courses to secondary school students. Finally, the amendment will help lower the cost of a post-secondary education for students.
"These important and innovative initiatives have the potential to improve high school graduation rates, reduce dropout rates, make high school more engaging for students, and perhaps most importantly, help lower college costs for students."
"In this case, my amendment will help prepare students for success in postsecondary education by reducing the need for remediation in college and the workplace."
The Student Success Act, the Committee's ESEA reauthorization bill, restores local control, reduces the federal footprint in the nation's classrooms, supports more effective teachers, and empowers parents. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act has been due for reauthorization since 2007. The Student Success Act passed the Education and the Workforce Committee by a vote of 23 to 16.