DISD Considers School For Old Students

Older students may soon have their own special campus in the Dallas Independent School District, the Dallas Morning News reported.  

The district has proposed the special school to break up the large age gap between incoming freshman and students who are older than typical high school students. 

"A 21-year-old should not be allowed to be in a classroom with a 14-year-old ninth-grader," DISD trustee Ron Price told the Dallas Morning News. "The best of both worlds is to create a school designed for the over-age kids – and give them the special attention they need to be successful."

Price, who has often spoken out on the issue, pushed for the creation of the older student campus.

Texas schools are seeing an increase in older students thanks to a recent law change. While the state used to only provide funding for students up to age 21, now schools can get funding to enroll students up to 25 years old.

DISD would be following the Houston Independent School District, which already has an over-age school and has recently considered opening a second campus.

DISD's over-age campus has a targeted opening set for January of 2010, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the paper.

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