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From the ECS State Policy Database
High School--Early Colleges/Middle Colleges


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 09/2013P-12Early and Middle College High Schools, Dual Enrollment Students at Charter Schools
S.B. 379
From bill summary: Provides legislature findings and declarations that early college high schools are innovative partnerships between charter or noncharter public secondary schools and a local community college, the California State University, or the Universi...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Business Involvement in Early College High Schools
S.B. 1557
Directs the commissioner of education to collaborate with the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop and implement a strategic plan that includes (1) strategies to increase private industry participation in the ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12
Postsec.
Texas Workforce Innovation Needs Program
H.B. 3662
Creates the Texas Workforce Innovation Needs Program. Provides the purposes of the program are to provide selected districts, and public and private or independent institutions of higher education, with the opportunity to establish innovative programs designed...

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VTSigned into law 06/2013P-12Flexible Pathways to High School Graduation
Act 77 (S.B. 130)
Creates a Flexible Pathways Initiative within the Agency of Education to expand opportunities for secondary students to complete high school and achieve postsecondary readiness.  Among other things, the act provides the opportunity for each high school student...

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VTto governor 06/2013P-12Flexible Pathways to Secondary School Completion
S. 130
Provides state-funded dual enrollment, expansion of Early College programs, expansion of work-based learning, virtual/blended learning. Requires personal learning plans for all students by 7th grade. The definitions section should be of particular interest to ...

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INSigned into law 05/2013P-12Postsecondary Enrollment Opportunities
S.B. 406
Replaces existing statutes concerning concurrent enrollment courses, dual credit courses, and early college programs with a single postsecondary enrollment opportunities program.
http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2013/PDF/SE/SE0406.1.pdf...

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MESigned into law 05/2013P-12Early College Programs
S.P 1079
Authorizes the commissioner to expend and disburse funds to support early college programs that:
A. Provide secondary students with the opportunity to graduate from high school in 4 years with a high school diploma and at least 30 regionally accredited transf...

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CASigned into law 07/2012P-12School Attendance at Early and Middle College High Schools
S.B. 1316
From bill summary: States findings and declarations regarding the pupils for whom an early college high school is designed and the key elements of an early college high school. Exempts an early college high school and a middle college high school from the 240-...

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MEIssued 07/2011P-12
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Establishes the Governor's Task Force on Expanding Early Post-Secondary Access for High School Students
Executive Order 19 FY 11/12
Establishes the Governor's Task Force on Expanding Early Post-Secondary Access for High School Students. Provides that the purpose of the task force is to develop recommendations for short-term and long-term solutions to expand access to early post-secondary o...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Early College Start-Up Community School
H.B. 153 - Early College Start-Up Community School
Permits any early college high school operated by a big eight school district (as defined in statute http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3314.02) in partnership with a private university to operate as a new start-up community school beginning in the 2007-2008 school yea...

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CASigned into law 06/2011P-12
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Middle College High School Students
A.B. 230
From bill summary: Existing law requires the governing board of a community college district to assign a low enrollment priority to middle college high school students, to ensure that these students do not displace regularly admitted students. This bill provid...

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NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011P-12
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Career and College Promise
H.B. 200 - Career and College Promise
Directs the state board of education and North Carolina Community College System to establish the Career and College Promise program to offer opportunities for high school students to dually enroll in community college courses that provide pathways (CTE pathwa...

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NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011P-12Cooperative Innovative High School Programs
H.B. 200 - Cooperative Innovative High School Programs
Establishes new criteria for a school to be defined a cooperative innovative high school, and requires a cooperative innovative high school approved by the state board prior to July 2011 to meet new requirements by July 2014; provides any program that fails to...

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MISigned into law 06/2011P-12Eliminates Certains Programs/Changes Pupil Count Day/District Transparency
H.B. 4325 - K-12 Provisions
From Legislative Staff Summary: Eliminates middle college grants and funding that provides districts additional funds for educating students of limited English-speaking ability. Eliminates language protecting Intermediate School District operational funding fr...

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MSSigned into law 04/2011Postsec.Implementation and Operations of Early College High Schools
H.B. 1163
Directs the state superintendent of public education, the commissioner of higher education and the executive director of the state board for community and junior colleges to develop a comprehensive report and recommendations on the implementation and operation...

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GAAdopted 07/2010P-12Alternative/Non-Traditional Education Programs
160-4-8-.12
Rule 160-4-8-.12, "Alternative Education Programs" has been repealed and a new rule adopted. Defines "alternative/non-traditional education program" as a program operating in affiliation with a school; a program does not report full-time equivalent (FTE) or re...

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NCSigned into law 07/2010P-12Flexibility to Cooperative Innovative High Schools
S.B. 1201
Provides that cooperative innovative high schools have the same exemptions from statutes and rules as charter schools, other than those pertaining to personnel. http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2009/Bills/Senate/PDF/S1201v3.pdf...

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TXAdopted 11/2009P-12Early College and Middle College High Schools
19 TAC 1.4.G.4.151, .153, .155, .161
Clarifies the distinctions between early college high schools and middle colleges. Clarifies student eligibility. Clarifies that for early college high schools the exemption from dual credit restrictions is dependent upon designation by the Texas Education Age...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Early College High Schools
H.B. 1 - Section 265.50.90
Provides that any early college high school operated by a big eight school district in partnership with a private university may operate as a new start-up community school (charter school) beginning in the 2007-08 school year if all of the following conditions...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
Postsec.
K-12/Postsecondary Sharing of Facility Costs
H.B. 3646 - Section 74
Authorizes a school district and an institution of higher education located wholly or partially in the county in which the district is located to contract for the district to pay a portion of the costs of designing or building an instructional facility or stad...

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TXVetoed 06/2009Postsec.Funding for Certain Excess Undergraduate Credit Hours
S.B. 1343
From Bill Analysis (http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/analysis/pdf/SB01343F.pdf):
Students in a four-year institution are required to have 120 credit hours in order to receive their degree. Currently, there is a "30-hour rule" that allows students to t...

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COSigned into law 05/2009P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Dual/Concurrent Enrollment Program
H.B. 1319
Repeals the high school fast track program, the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act, and the Fast College Fast Jobs Act. Allows school districts to partner with institutions of higher education to offer college courses to qualified high school students. Requi...

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TNSigned into law 06/2007Postsec.
Community College
Cooperative Innovative Programs
H.B. 99
Authorizes public postsecondary institutions and local education agencies to jointly establish cooperative innovative programs in high schools and public postsecondary institutions, including, but not limited to universities, community colleges and technology ...

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COSigned into law 04/2007P-12
Community College
Fast College Fast Jobs Pilot Program
S.B. 148
Concerns simultaneous enrollment in secondary and postsecondary institutions.Creates the Fast College Fast Jobs pilot program to allow students enrolled in target high schools to simultaneously complete a high school diploma and an associate's degree or career...

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LASigned into law 06/2006P-12
Community College
Early College/Dual Enrollment
S.B. 749
Requires and provides incentives for high schools and postsecondary institutions to maximize the shared use of facilities, technology, faculty, and other resources to provide articulated and reciprocal technical training to high school students and recent high...

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LASigned into law 05/2006P-12
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Community College
High School/Community College Linkages
H.B. 1023
Requires the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges to work with Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to improve linkages and career and technical education pathways between high schools and community and technical colleges. Re...

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TXAdopted 08/2005P-12
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Early College High Schools
19 TAC 1.4.G.4.151 thru .161
New rules concerning Early College High Schools (ECHS). Provides appropriate oversight by the Board of ECHS by requiring notification of intent to develop an ECHS entity, assessment of students, appropriate faculty selection, supervision, and evaluation, overs...

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NCSigned into law 07/2005P-12
Community College
Community College Learn & Earn Program
S.B. 566
Provides that tuition will be waived for all courses taken by high school students at community colleges colleges, including students in early college and middle college high school programs. http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2005/Bills/Senate/HTML/S566v3.h...

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TXSigned into law 06/2005P-12Early College Education Program
S.B. 1146
Expands the early college education program to allow participants in grades 9 and 10 to participate in an early college education program and to provide at-risk and other students accelerated high school graduation and college credit. From analysis: The 78th T...

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TXSigned into law 06/2003P-12
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Community College
High School Completion, Pilot BA Degree Program
S.B. 976
Requires districts to analyze information related to dropout prevention. Sec. 29.908. MIDDLE COLLEGE EDUCATION PILOT PROGRAM requires: (a) The commissioner shall establish and administer a middle college education pilot program for students who are at risk...

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