Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill requiring Florida school districts to start paying for the classes that teenagers take at local colleges through their high schools' dual-enrollment programs.
It's a change that some education leaders predict will result in fewer students participating in the program, which allows them to complete college credits while working on their high school diplomas.
Until now, colleges and universities had to absorb those costs, which have climbed steadily as more students enrolled in the highly popular program.
College administrators had asked the state Legislature for help paying for the program because shortfalls in state funding had left them struggling to accommodate even their regular paying students.