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Counties forced to foot the bill for early college courses

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Updated: 5/21/2013 2:21 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News has learned that Florida students looking for college immersion, early on, will have to dig into their own wallets to fork out tuition for those college courses.

The State Board of Education held a meeting Tuesday in Duval County, to discuss the pros and cons to this legislation session. At that meeting, Dr. Nicholi Vitti spoke to Action News about some of his concerns.

Vitti says all counties in the state will now be required to pay full tuition for high school students, looking to take college accredited courses at a college campus. Before, the university would absorb the cost, with the counties paying for the students' books. Now, Vitti says they're looking at paying about $500,000 to keep this program going, which is forcing schools to scale back.

Duval County schools will still offer the program, but will have students remain on their campus to take the courses with an accredited teacher. However, Vitti says this may hinder academic excellence for sudents still undecided about higher learning.

"When a student is wondering 'am I college material' they take that Dual Enrollment class and they do well, they instantly think they can do college level work. It's transformative and I am concerned about it," said Vitti.

The good news is, students who are already enrolled in those programs are grandfathered in, and won't have to pay the full tuition to remain in the classes.
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