Giving Compass' Take:

•  Boston's City Counselor is advocating for a voluntary additional year in the city's K-12 public school system to help ease the transition from high school to college, as many students are still struggling and seem ill-prepared. 

• What could be the negative effects of having an optional year 13? How would this impact the educational system as a whole?

• On the opposite end, should we let high school juniors go to college? 


Adding an optional 13th year of school for Boston students isn't entirely unique in its approach. While the Globe doesn't mention any college credit or vocational education opportunities during that proposed additional year, it is similar to how a number of states and other cities are offering free community college programs to address a variety of issues.

In Washington state, free tuition is being touted to help develop the regional economy. Similarly, a Kalamazoo, Michigan, free tuition program began as a privately funded effort in 2005 with similar aims.

In Tennessee, the state's free community college program, dubbed the Tennessee Promise, thus far has seen success with a 60% increase in students earning degrees or certificates. First-time freshmen enrollment also climbed 24% in 2015.

Read the full article about an extra year of high school helping college transition by Shawna De La Rosa at Education Dive