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In Bard, Baltimore school officials hope to pave a free path to college

In Bard, Baltimore school officials hope to pave a free path to college

Bard High School Early College will open in Baltimore on Monday, offering students a first-of-its-kind opportunity: to graduate from a city high school with a free two-year degree. Students graduate with a high school diploma, an associate of arts degree and up to 60 transferable college credits from Bard College, a 150-year-old private, liberal arts college based in upstate New York. City schools CEO Gregory Thornton has called Bard's program a "transformative opportunity," and Gov. Larry Hogan has praised the school program for "outside-of-the-box thinking we need to ensure all children receive a world-class education." That program is part of a national...

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