Education Reform Now National President Shavar Jeffries Releases Statement Praising New Fast Track Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Education Reform Now (ERN) National President Shavar Jeffries released the below statement on the “Fast Track To and Through College Act,” introduced today by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Todd Young (R-IN).

The bill authorizes competitive grants for states to develop Fast Track Pathways from high school to higher education, allowing college-ready, high school seniors to either earn a year of transferable college credit while in high school or graduate high school a year early with a scholarship for use at any in-state public university.

“The Fast Track to and Through College Act is the type of bold, transformative legislation our nation needs to help combat the rising costs of higher education, while also increasing college competition rates,” said Jeffries.

By rethinking the transition from high school to higher education, this bill empowers families to make a choice that best meets students’ academic, financial and personal needs.”

“I applaud Senators Hassan and Young for their bipartisan leadership on behalf of our nation’s students, and I urge Congress to incorporate this legislation as they rewrite of the Higher Education Act. It’s long past time we rethink 12th Grade.” 

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The Fast Track legislation builds off an idea first developed by Education Reform Now & the Alliance for Excellent Education. Watch our two-minute video on the concept.

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