BOISE -- A bill headed to the Idaho Senate would delete a portion of the state's new education laws that defines an online course and says the instructor cannot physically be in the same school in which the student is receiving the virtual instruction.

Idaho is requiring high school students to take at least two credits online.

Republican Sen. John Goedde told the Spokesman-Review the changes stipulated that teachers and students be separate during the online course instruction to ensure the state was providing distance education, as the law intended.

But the state Board of Education says the clause could cause problems, such as prohibiting a teacher from loading online course material in a school where students are taking the class. Also, the board rule requiring online learning defines such courses.

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