Could DeVos’ Proposed Priorities Support Dual Enrollment?

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Topics: Education Policy

By Nia Baucke

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently proposed 11 priorities for the Education Department’s discretionary competitive-grants. Number one on the list of priorities: “Empowering Facilities to Choose a High-Quality Education that Meets Their Child’s Unique Needs.”

While some are concerned by the secretary’s plan to prioritize choice, others see the Trump administration’s broad definition of “high-quality learning opportunities” as a chance to gain momentum for dual enrollment initiatives.

Within the proposal, the Trump Education Team recognizes high school students’ ability to earn credit toward a postdentary degree or credential as a form of school choice.

The Trump Administration’s nod toward dual enrollment could potentially mean future opportunities for both dual enrollment and other early college programs, KnowledgeWorks Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Lillian Pace told EdWeek.

“We see this as being an important signal,” said Pace.

Read more on how DeVos’ proposed priorities might support dual enrollment from Ed Week reporter Alyson Klein.