Friday, October 21, 2011

State seeks comment on online courses

Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 26


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

Idaho residents have until Wednesday, Oct. 26, to comment on proposed requirements for high school online courses.

The new graduation requirements will require high school students to take two online courses, one of which must be conducted entirely online while the other may be either entirely or partially online.

The changes were prompted by the passage of State Superintendent Tom Luna's educational reforms, commonly known as his "Students Come First" plan.

This set of three bills was passed into law in March. They increased technology in the classroom and required all Idaho high school students to take online courses before graduation. The package also limited teachers' collective bargaining rights and allowed districts to lay off teachers as late as October while setting up a pay-for-performance system.

The proposed requirements provide an appeal process for students who fail an online course, under which they can demonstrate subject proficiency in another way, as decided by the local school district and approved by the State Board of Education.

Comments can be submitted on the State Board of Education's website, www.boardofed.idaho.gov/meetings/special_events/online_grad_credit_req.asp.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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