D.C. Lawmakers Propose Requiring Students to Apply to College

Fox News, January 7, 2012

Lawmakers in the nation’s capital have floated a plan to require high school students to apply to college or trade school—even if the students have no interest in attending.

The proposal is a bid to ensure students in the troubled Washington, D.C., school system at least have the know-how to navigate the admissions process.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who introduced the bill, said the proposal would establish a “mandatory workshop” to teach teenagers how to apply for aid and admission. It would then require everybody to apply to at least one post-secondary school before graduation.

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The bill would also require every high school student to take the SAT or ACT tests. While the admissions and test-taking process would entail fees, Brown said he would work with the school system to make sure students have the “resources” to apply.

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Brown argued Wednesday that some D.C. students aren’t going to college simply because they “don’t know how to navigate the enrollment process.”

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