Colorado promotes associate’s degrees in high school |

Colorado promotes associate’s degrees in high school

DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado is making it easier for students to earn an associate’s degree while still in high school.

The measure is one of nine bills signed into law on Thursday by Gov. Bill Ritter.

Education officials believe it’s the first statewide program of its kind in the nation.

Ritter says it will help prevent students from dropping out of school. Backers think that bill and others signed by Ritter will also help the state’s chances of winning extra federal stimulus money for education reforms.

One sets up a statewide system to track the performance of teachers and principals to help close the so-called “teacher gap,” where less experienced teachers tend to work in low-income schools. Another provides more options for overhauling low-performing schools.

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