Protect the taxpayers, protect the serious students, protect faculty morale, and say no more.
But Education Realist falls into a common trap.
Pick a level and split them. My cutoff would be second year algebra and a lexile score of 1000 (that’s about tenth grade, yes?) for college, but we could argue about it. Everyone who can’t manage that standard after twelve years of K-12 school can go to trade school or to adult education, which is not eligible for student loans, but we could probably give some tax credits or something for self-improvement.Well, there's the GED, and there used to be the College Level Equivalence -- didn't encounter it much at Northern Illinois, but perhaps ending credentialism for its own sake is the desirable outcome.
On the other hand, the trade school is no place for the slackers or the burnouts, who will be hazards to themselves and everyone else on the shop floor. But let's fix one thing at a time. Calling out the school districts that send the Distressed Material is progress. Making the high schools reimburse for the colleges doing the same job again will be progress. But rejecting the Distressed Material in the first place is the more cost-effective, and possibly, the more humane course.