School board looks to create early college high school

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Students in the Jackson-Madison County School system soon may be able to graduate with an associate’s degree thanks to a new program called early college high school. Monday night, board members heard proposals in favor of creating the program. By partnering with Jackson State Community College, more than 100 high schoolers would have the opportunity to take college-level classes. Board members say this is a long time coming. “For a really long time there’s been an opportunity for K-12 and high-ed to figure out how to work together,” board member Dave Bratcher said. “Thank goodness that really long time is finally over because we figured out how to do it.” The school board is set to vote on the program during their meeting Thursday night. If approved, it will go into effect with next year’s incoming freshman class.

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