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New Framework: Dual Enrollment Program

The Ohio Department of Education noted "The Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program is a "dual enrollment program" where high school students may enroll at a college and complete nonsectarian courses to earn both high school and college credit.  Students in grades nine through twelve attending traditional public schools, community schools, STEM schools, and nonpublic schools, as well as homeschooled students are eligible to participate." In 2013, 172 students within the Columbus City Schools participated in a Post-Secondary Enrollment Option. For students with disabilities, this may present an interesting legal cross-pressure. Traditionally, post-secondary institutions are obliged to follow Section 504 and the American with Disabilities Education Act. This, while school districts are obliged to follow the Individuals with Disabilities Act as well. However, there may be an emergence of students with disabilities who utilized the dual enrollment program and "enroll at a college and complete nonsectarian courses to earn both high school and college credit". This may lead to a new overlap within the scope of responsibilities and compliance under the federal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act.

Information in regard to the new "dual enrollment program" may be accessed at

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/School-Choice/Post-Secondary-Enrollment-Options-PSEO