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L.A. Unified to Consider Funding Course Materials for Students Concurrently Enrolled in Community Colleges

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 20, 2016) - Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education directed Superintendent Michelle King to prepare a report on the feasibility of establishing a central fund to cover course material costs for L.A. Unified students concurrently enrolled at local community colleges. Board Member Mónica Ratliff presented the resolution, which was co-sponsored by Board Members Scott Schmerelson and Dr. Ref Rodriguez.

Board Member Ratliff authored the resolution in response to the current system in which school sites are individually responsible for securing funding to cover the costs of instructional materials for students dually enrolled at a community college.

“I hope this resolution will help us expand access to community college courses for students across the District,” said Board Member Ratliff.

Research studies show that concurrent enrollment has long-term academic benefits for students, such as increasing the likelihood of high school graduation and persistence in postsecondary education.

“Many of our schools lack the financial resources to fully provide the programs our students need to excel in college, career, and life,” said Board Member Rodriguez. “I hope that this District can find creative ways to support our schools to help alleviate the concurrent enrollment program costs so that schools can continue to promote a college-going culture.”

Superintendent King is expected to report back to the board in 45 days.
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