Beth Milne is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

This week, celebrate the programs that make college a reality for New York’s most disadvantaged students by urging your elected officials to help them grow.

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate early college high schools: they improve attendance numbers, graduation rates and outcomes for our kids.

But because of limited resources, these programs are only reaching a fraction of the students who need them the most—even though estimates show that financing early college would yield a 254 percent return in just 15 years.

“We do a great job with what we have, but I have no textbooks for my students to take home,” says Maura Young, who teaches social studies at Buffalo’s Middle Early College High School.

There, eight in 10 students are passing college-level courses. Imagine what could be accomplished with more support.

We can make that happen, and there is no better time than now. Celebrate Early College High School Week by writing your legislators today.


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