Restricting Virtual Classrooms
Story by TV20's Crispin Lopez
A proposed Senate bill would limit virtual course offerings to core classes only and also restrict the amount of courses that can be taken. The program can be used anywhere a student can get their hands on a computer with internet access. Students enroll to make up classes they fail, or to take classes that they can't fit into a normal school day that can be taken on weekends or at night.
"It's not broken and it doesn't need fixing," said Marion Virtual School program administrator Carolyn Ayres. "We feel like if they pull money back and so forth it will limit summer school enrollments, it will limit access to courses that kids really want to take."
According to an article in "Education Next" 84,000 students will complete virtual courses this school year as part of the performance-based program.
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