Alert on Dual Enrollment: (Provided by Florida Association of Non-Public Schools - FAANS)
Principals, we need you to enlist the aid of a couple of your parents to make some calls concerning dual enrollment. We don't want a "whole court press" but at least 2 parents from each school would make a tremendous difference. This issue affects McKay Students as well as all private school students in high school.
For over 30 years, Florida students had free access to dual enrollment classes.
In 2013 the dual enrollment funding was changed to require public schools to pay the tuition for dual enrollment classes taken by a public school student on a state college campus.
After that session, the DOE issued a FAQ that stated the state colleges could also charge private schools for dual enrollment students that took classes on the college campus even though the law was not changed for private school students.
Because private schools do not receive state funds, they are forced to pass the cost of dual enrollment courses onto the parents or limit access to dual enrollment courses.
Private school parents pay property taxes to support public schools, pay sales tax which supports state colleges and then pay again to send their children to private school. Therefore, if they choose a private school for their child, they are not able to use any of their tax dollars to educate their own children. Their high school age children should be able to take college classes from a public institution free of charge.
If this is not corrected this Session, private school students may have limited or no access to dual enrollment or career and technical postsecondary courses. This is an equal access issue.
Asking a few influential parents to call or email them would also be helpful. We do not want to overload their emails or phones at this point. Just choose well connected parents who will put this issue in their own words.
Please do not just copy this alert and send it out. The calls and emails need to be personal.