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Bills Introduced “Fixing” Concurrent Enrollment Under ECCP

By John Forester | January 5, 2018

As you know, the Early College Credit Program (ECCP) adopted in the 2017-19 State Budget significantly altered the funding model for concurrent enrollment programs at UW System campuses.  The old system was a shared funding model with K12 school districts absorbing the staffing costs and the UW institutions providing the accreditation and accountability.  Parents then received access to college credits at reduced cost.

However, the new ECCP program requires school districts to pick up 75% of the costs, with the state picking up 25%.  The new funding burden for school districts will likely end this effective program.

Legislation introduced recently (AB 805 and SB 677) by a bipartisan group of legislators would exempt concurrent enrollment programs at UW System schools from the new ECCP requirements.  The SAA is supporting this legislation, as is the Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance (SWSA), the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB).  AB 805 has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities, chaired by Representative Dave Murphy (R-Greenville).  SB 677 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Education, chaired by Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon).  With time running short in the legislative session, the SAA is advocating for the bill to receive public hearings as soon as possible.

SAA members are encouraged to contact their legislators as soon as possible and ask them to support this import legislation.

The SAA will keep you informed of this important effort.

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