State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today introduced House Bill 445, legislation designed to improve the College Credit Plus (CC+) program for local school districts.

According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, College Credit Plus can help students earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities.  The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students.

As CC+ has been rolled out; however, students, parents, and administrators have expressed some concerns about its implementation.  The purpose of H.B. 445 is to address these issues, while preserving the overall intent of the program.

“This legislation is a direct result of multiple conversations I have had with my constituents and school superintendents,” said Dovilla.  “I support College Credit Plus and encourage college-ready students to take courses to gain post-secondary credit; however, as with any statewide program changes are sometimes needed.  It is my hope that our legislation will improve the program for both students and local school districts.”

Among the improvements to CC+ contained in H.B. 445 are provisions to ensure equivalency in the academic rigor of the courses with Advanced Placement or honors courses offered at high schools. The legislation also states that students enrolled in CC+ courses may participate in any extracurricular activity offered by their high school, and requires that whichever entity purchases materials, such as textbooks, for students enrolled in a CC+ course maintains ownership of those course materials.

“House Bill 445 is a common sense adjustment that aims to benefit the students and the school districts,” said Rep. Anielski.  “After discussions with both the school districts and the Department of Higher Education, I feel that this draft is the best possible compromise to improve the College Credit Plus Program.”
The legislation is currently waiting to be assigned to a standing committee of the Ohio House.

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