WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas takes pleasure in
  recognizing Early College High Schools around Texas as they
  celebrate the week of March 25 through March 30, 2013, as Early
  College High School Week; and
         WHEREAS, These unique schools blend high school and
  college curricula; they particularly benefit financially
  challenged students by allowing them to earn an associate's
  degree or up to 60 college hours during their high school years;
         WHEREAS, Texas is at the vanguard of this burgeoning
  movement, with 59 Early College High Schools and six blended
  institutions combining the concept of Early College High School
  with Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  Academies; together, these schools have more than 17,600
  students in Texas; and
         WHEREAS, The primary objectives of Early College High
  Schools include preparing students for post secondary success by
  offering dual credit at no additional cost, designing course work
  and a learning environment that are comparable to those in
  college settings, and providing intense academic counseling;
  these schools seek to raise college attendance and success rates
  and to strengthen the connections between middle schools, high
  schools, and institutions of higher learning to promote a
  statewide college-going culture; and
         WHEREAS, Early College High Schools provide an
  unprecedented opportunity in the Texas public school system for
  students who might not otherwise have the resources to attend
  college; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 83rd
  Legislature, hereby pay tribute to Early College High Schools
  across Texas as they celebrate Early College High School Week;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared in
  honor of Early College High School Week.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on March 27, 2013.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate