Online Learning Update

November 25, 2011

Idaho Rep. Thayn unveils ‘8 in 6’ to speed up college graduations

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

BY DAN POPKEY, Idaho Statesman

Rep. Steve Thayn, R-Emmett, says Idaho students could save up to $220 million over two years by compressing eight years of secondary and college education into six years. “That money could be used for purchasing a house, a car or paying off debt, or decreasing the need to take out more student loans,” Thayn says in a PowerPoint presentation on YouTube. A member of the House Education Committee and longtime champion of school reform, Thayn is a farmer and former Spanish teacher at Vallivue High School in Caldwell. To reach biennial savings of $70 million to $220 million, Thayn says 30 to 50 percent of Idaho’s 21,000 K-12 students would need to earn between one year and two years of college credits while still in high school.

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