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Dual credit and state funding

Posted by Texas Education on August 26, 2008

I’ve seen some titles on this lately, but didn’t know the extent of the problems/issues involved until a recent email I received.

Rumors have been floating around for at least two months that there would be significant changes in the funding of dual credit courses. TEA released the Students Attendance Handbook which contains a new section dealing with students in dual credit courses which states,“if a student is required to pay tuition or fees or to buy a textbook to participate in a course, then your school district may not count the student’s participation in the public school course for ADA.”

Urgent Update:

The 2008-09 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook was published stating that a school district could not count students in attendance for state funding in dual credit courses if those students were charged tuition, fees, or textbook costs. Based on concerns raised by a number of school districts and a request by Senators Duncan and Shapiro, the agency has decided to delay implementation of that policy until the legislature has an opportunity to examine the issues related to dual credit. For the 2008-2009 school year, students who participate in dual credit courses in which students pay tuition, fees, or textbook costs will be allowed to be counted in attendance for state funding purposes.

If you have any questions, please contact either Belinda Dyer at Belinda.dyer@tea.state.tx.us or 512-475-3451 or Nicole Schuessler at Nicole.schuessler@tea.state.tx.us or 512-475-1632.

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