Dual enrollment change could cost Florida schools millions

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Broward and Palm Beach County schools could face a tough choice next year: pay millions of dollars or allow fewer students to take dual enrollment classes in local colleges.

Broward schools may have to pay at least $4 million more next year, and Palm Beach County at least $2.5 million, due to changes in state law. In the past, college and universities have had to pay the lion's share of the cost — about $58 million — for dual enrollment programs, which allow high schools students to take college classes for free. School districts paid for textbooks.

But a bill passed by the Legislature this year shifts the full costs to school districts.

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