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Revised Opportunity Note reflects amendments made in the Senate to SB 07-148. The Fast College Fast Jobs bill allow eligible school districts to contract with higher education institutions to create programs through which participating high school students could simultaneously complete, within five years, both a high school diploma and an associates degree or career and technical education certificate.
A safe and stimulating early childhood is the nex major gaeway to a life of opportunity. The first several years of life set the foundation for future physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
Leaving school ready to succeed is the next important opportunity gateway. For much of the last century, so long as you were a loyal employee and worked hard, it was possible to get and keep a good paying job that had decent benefits even if you did not have a high school diploma. Those days are gone. Today, the successful completion of high school is virtually indispensable to one???s prospects for success.