Some legislators wants to extend college credit to high school underclassmen

Some state senators want to add high school sophomores to the list of students who can attend vocational and technical courses at local colleges.

Sen. Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, told legislators that qualified sophomores should be able to join juniors and seniors on the college campuses.

Such students could also earn both high school and college credit, instead of being limited to one or the other under current law.

Center for School Change Director Joe Nathan said that would cut the cost of a four-year degree.

"They save themselves money, they save their families money, and equally important they save the taxpayers money if they continue their education here in Minnesota."

Critics say many sophomores aren't emotionally ready. And K-12 officials have complained that the program shifts money from school districts to colleges.

Olson has also proposed a similar bill for students interested in academic college courses.

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