Give kids a chance

The OlympianMarch 13, 2014 

(The News Tribune)

A recent study of the state’s College Bound Scholarship program shows that, when given the chance to attend college, low-income students enroll at the same rate as their more wealthy peers. We’re not surprised.

An outside review of the program suggests it has encouraged greater high school graduation rates, as well as college attendance among the 150,000 middle school students who have signed up since 2007. And when the College Bound students also enroll in Navigation 101 — a program assisting students to choose the right courses for higher education preparation — the numbers go even higher.

The state should include greater investment in these programs in its long-term K-12 funding plan.

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