Mandatory Summer School?

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, FL - Representative Larry Metz proposed a bill in the House that will require college students to take summer school classes, when they can usually opt-out.

More and more students are coming into college with credits from Advanced Placement classes that they took in high school or from dual enrollment.

With an increasing number of students having college credits even before they step foot on campus, many facilities are not being used as much in the summer leaving the universities to foot the bill for upkeep.The classrooms that are being used- are half empty.

Representative Larry Metz says his bill will make the distribution of students more even throughout the year.

Metz says, "We're going to serve more students, hopefully graduate more students, and fulfill the labor market needs for the bachalaurette graduates."

Much of the discussion over the bill concerns Bright Futures and how it will play into the role of summer school.

The bill passed and it's next step is the Education Committee.
House Bill 4177:
Public Postsecondary Education: Deletes provisions relating to exemption for student who earns certain credits through acceleration mechanisms from requirement of public postsecondary educational institution mandating enrollment during summer term.

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