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.
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.