Meet Morgan McLin—a Buffalo teenager on the path to success.
That wasn’t always the case. When Morgan lost her mother to neurocardiac disease in eighth grade, she also lost her interest in school. “I became defiant,” she says. “I wanted to drop out.”
That changed at PS 415 Middle Early College High School, one of 23 special programs in New York where students can earn college credit before they even get to college. Morgan found herself in tough but rewarding classes, supported by caring teachers who expected a lot of her. She began to imagine a future that would make her mother proud.
Right now these life-changing programs are only reaching a small portion of the kids that need them most. Click here to tell your state legislators to expand state support for early college high schools so that low-income New York students continue to have access to this important path to college.
Research shows that early college programs significantly increase a student’s chance of earning a degree. By funding early college high schools, we will give New York’s most disadvantaged students a jumpstart into college.
It’s time for the Empire State to strike back against the barriers standing between students like Morgan and their college degrees.
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Christina Grant is the executive director of NYCAN: The New York Campaign for Achievement Now. For more information on NYCAN’s 2012 legislative campaign, The Empire State Strikes Back, visit www.EmpireStateStrikesBack.org.