Idaho lawmakers want to create list of online classes

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by Matt Standal

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM

BOISE -- Students required to take two credits online would be provided with a list of virtual courses to choose from, under a bill headed to the Idaho House.
 
Idaho is making online learning a high school graduation requirement under reforms approved last year. A task force created to help implement the changes recommended schools be provided with a list of online course providers and approved and contracted by the state.
 

The House Education Committee advanced a bill Thursday to create that course clearinghouse online, with a system for parents and students to rate the classes.
 

The bill says the state Department of Education can spend up to $500,000 next year to create the clearinghouse. That money would come from technology funding set aside in the public schools budget under the reforms.
 

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