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High schools could pay for remedial classes in college

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Aug 23rd, 2011 @ 8:15am

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UTAH COUNTY -- Should high schools be held accountable for graduating students who really aren't ready for college?

A Utah County lawmaker wants to give colleges and universities the ability to collect from schools whose students end up in remedial classes.

The Daily Herald reports Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, is drafting a measure that would allow colleges to bill high schools if a student is required to take a remedial class.

The main cost of the remedial class would still be paid for through tuition. But high schools could get the bill for additional costs not covered by the students' portion of tuition.

The bill is still in the early stages of being crafted.

In Utah, about 18.7 percent of all students going to college take a remedial class.

Dougall wants high schools to stand behind their diplomas. He said a diploma should mean a student is ready to enter college.

Randall Jeppesen

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