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SCF to Cease Dual Enrollment Coursework at Sarasota and Manatee County Schools

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Decision by the SCF Board of Trustees to impact hundreds of students across the region

 SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES, October 2, 2018 – Superintendent Todd Bowden of Sarasota County Schools and Superintendent Cynthia Saunders of the School District of Manatee County were both notified today by the State College of Florida (SCF) of the decision to cease dual enrollment (DE) coursework on high school campuses effective July 1, 2019. Instead, SCF will offer DE classes on SCF campuses only and online.

 “We are incredibly disappointed by the State College of Florida’s decision to reduce dual enrollment coursework to their campuses and online only,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “This decision will negatively impact hundreds of students in our school districts who take accelerated coursework for high school graduation and need to compete academically for college.”

 Superintendent Saunders agreed.

 “I too am disappointed, and our district will collaborate with Sarasota County Schools to find alternative dual enrollment options so that our students will be able to continue taking dual enrollment courses on our high school campuses,” Ms. Saunders said. “Transportation and technology issues can present barriers to our students being able to take these courses at SCF or online and that limits opportunity. We will seek alternative avenues in these areas.”

 Overall, DE programs allow students to complete courses they need to graduate high school while also earning college credit. Research shows students enrolled in DE programs not only perform better academically than those students who do not take DE classes, they are also more likely to graduate high school. In addition to improved academics, taking DE coursework in high school saves students time and reduces the cost of going to college. For many students in the Sarasota and Manatee region, this decision will negatively impact their opportunity to excel academically and attend college.

 Sarasota County Schools will continue to offer college-level coursework in accelerated programs in schools across the district and work with the University of South Florida (USF) Manatee-Sarasota and the University of Florida to offer online coursework. Likewise, Manatee County Schools will also continue to offer accelerated classes and is currently working with USF Manatee-Sarasota on an agreement for dual enrollment classes.


Tracey Long Beeker

Sarasota County Schools

941.587.0373 cell


Michael Barber

Manatee County Schools

941.720.1734 cell


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