(March 1) – A bill that will help at-risk Colorado students to access education passed the House today by a vote of 54 to 11.

SB13-031, sponsored in the House by Rep. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood), continues the work the state legislature began last year supporting at-risk Colorado youth. The bill expands eligibility under the Colorado Concurrent Enrollment Act, which serves students aged 16 to 20 who are at-risk or have dropped out. Additionally, this bill expands the course options available to students of all ages. These students will be able to take courses at community colleges to supplement their continuing work towards a diploma or GED.

“Education is key to opportunity, and giving at-risk youth more access to education is the best thing we can do to ensure a brighter future for our most vulnerable kids,” Rep. Pettersen said. “These college programs offer academic support, structured goal-setting and career counseling, as well as personal and emotional support.”

Students who have participated in the dropout recovery classes have done as well in college-level courses as typical community college students.

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