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Township High School District 214 of Illinois is among one of the first districts implementing President Obama’s agenda to increase college access.  The following information was sent out to Education Association members of District 214 addressing the implementation of The Power of 15 Credits.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action
The President has already taken important steps to increase college access, including:

  • Increasing Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year
  • Creating the American Opportunity Tax Credit, worth up to $10,000 over four years of college
  • Limiting student loan payments to 10 percent of income
  • Laying out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition

College Opportunity Day of Action and High School District 214
This video is about College Opportunity Day of Action and High School District 214 Superintendent, Dr. David Schuler, NECSS and Local High School District Partners.

The Northwest Educational Council for Student Success (NECSS) is a secondary and post-secondary regional educational collaborative that focuses on student success and opportunities, teacher qualifications and professional development, and enriching collaboration between all district partners and the local communities.

QUESTIONS STILL PENDING (On behalf of EA members):

  • Does that mean the class that was hands-on now must be switched to a lecture-based class in order to receive the college credit?
  • What will that do with senior electives (English literature to CTE)?
  • Palatine High School has implemented it with limited, or no change (not sure of the metrics used).
  • Why rush the high school experience? Shouldn’t the senior year be a capstone year? Instead, the current form is not very appealing to the senior (lack of elective options, AP focus) and many are disengaged.
  • Senior year is when many students have the opportunity to take electives; this allows them to explore career-related curriculum. This is also a time when students are able to take classes they may not have passed the first time. Finally, it is a time when they can take classes that are just plain fun to take!
  • What would the financing of this type of venture look like? How much will textbooks and other curriculum-related materials cost?
  • Does this mean public schools will need to conform to privatized college/university curriculum, technology, educator training, etc.?
  • Will EA members be required to sign a contract with Harper that may conflict with the EA contract?
  • Will District 214 need to sign a contract that may divert public district finances to private, for-profit institutions such as Harper? What legal obligations might there be on behalf of District 214?
  • If a legal contract exists, has all terminology used been specifically defined?
  • Has a financial analysis been conducted?
  • What communication has been provided to parents?
  • If college credit is based on standardized testing scores rather than grades given by classroom teacher, how will district address the issue of two students earning the same grade, yet only one receiving a standardized assessment score allowing him/her to earn college credit?