Online Learning Update

July 28, 2011

Forum: Innovation needed in school funding to advance online learning opportunities

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by the Athens Banner Herald

Georgia students already can choose to take classes from outside their own school. The Georgia Virtual School offers a wide variety of choices, from foreign languages to Advanced Placement courses, but the availability of these classes is constrained by a limit on the number of classes funded in the state budget. In addition to the Georgia Virtual School, the Georgia Cyber Academy provides full-time enrollment for K-12 students throughout the state. The Cobb, Gwinnett and Forsyth County school systems also have created their own virtual schools. Finally, high school students can take dual-credit classes online from Georgia’s many technical colleges and universities. Unfortunately, schools are not encouraging these options because they “lose” funding. As these options expand, the state should develop an easy way for students to review their many options and provide for a seamless funding process.

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