HB 444: Remove Credit Cap for Previously Dual Enrolled Students

HB 444: Remove Credit Cap for Previously Dual Enrolled Students

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Christian Deneka started this petition to Governor Brian Kemp

I am writing this petition because dual enrolled students in their senior year should be grandfathered into the program and should not be subject to the ramifications of House Bill 444. 

House Bill 444 aims to reduce the number of credits that can be earned through dual enrollment. The current bill states that any student who has 19 or more credit hours before June 30, 2020 will only be allowed 12 more credit hours in the dual enrollment program.

I am a junior in the dual enrollment program, and I am in my second semester with full time status at Kennesaw State University.  In 2018, the dual enrollment policies allowed me to be a full time student at KSU for the entirety of my junior and senior years, and I planned my schedule as such. 

For students like myself who have already accumulated 19+ credit hours, this bill is detrimental to plans that have already been set. Students in this situation are left with only two options: return to their highschool campus or in some circumstances, use their 12 credit hours to have full time status for one semester and graduate early (missing out on half of their senior year). If I were to return to highschool, I would be forced to take a full year of classes that will not satisfy the requirements for highschool or college (essentially busy work). For students who choose the early graduation route, this could mean that they lose their final year of extracurricular activities for which they are passionate. Each of these options completely changes the ideal senior year that these students have planned for themselves. 

On top of that, students are not even able to pay for their own courses to make up for the new credit cap. Any courses paid for out of pocket are not able to go on the student's highschool transcript. This leaves the full time dual enrollment students with even less options. 

By removing the credit cap for students who have 19 or more credit hours by June 30, 2020, students who are already involved in Georgia's dual enrollment program will still be able to complete their highschool course requirements, earn college credit for these courses, and have the senior year that was promised to them. Please stand by me and sign to exempt seniors from the ramifications of House Bill 444. 

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