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Concurrent Enrollment Fix to Receive Senate Hearing

By John Forester | February 2, 2018

Senate Bill 677, the Senate companion to Assembly Bill 805, will receive a public hearing before the Senate Education Committee at 9:00am on Tuesday February 6th in Room 300 Southeast, State Capitol.

As you know, the Early College Credit Program (ECCP) adopted in the 2017-19 State Budget significantly altered the funding model for concurrent enrollment programs at UW System campuses and private colleges.  The old system was a shared funding model with K12 school districts absorbing the staffing costs and the post-secondary institutions providing the accreditation and accountability.  Parents then received access to college credits at reduced cost.

However, the new ECCP program requires school districts to pick up 75% of the costs, with the state picking up 25%.  The new funding burden for school districts will likely end this effective program.

SB 677/AB 805 would exempt concurrent enrollment programs at UW System schools and private colleges from the new ECCP requirements.  The SAA is supporting this legislation, as is the Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance (SWSA), the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB).  The bill has bipartisan support in the legislature.

The SAA will keep you informed of this important effort.

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