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BOISE -- The Idaho House has approved a plan for the review and approval of online courses that students can choose from when fulfilling their new graduation requirement.

The state is requiring high school students to take at least two credits online under reforms backed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. A bill approved by House lawmakers on a 65-0 vote Tuesday directs the state Board of Education to determine how Luna's department will review and approve online courses.

Democratic Rep. Donna Pence says this move will ensure the courses meet state standards.

A task forced aimed at helping implement Luna's plan has recommended that schools be provided with a list of online course providers approved and contracted by the state. Luna's department wants to create a course clearinghouse online.

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