Educational Technology

October 27, 2018

Lawmakers address rural education

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Randy Griffith, Tribune-Democrat

Many barriers to education in rural areas could be reduced through reorganizing school districts and using technology to bring specialized classes, state legislators said Friday at St. Francis University. “We need to find a way to consolidate,” said Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Osceola Mills. “We need to regionalize, but we can’t be putting 5-year-olds on a bus for two hours.” State Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Duncansville, said he visited a school with 28 students in the graduating class. “What kind of opportunities can we have in a school where you have 28 kids in the senior class?” Eichelberger rhetorically asked the audience in DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at St. Francis. “Every child in Pennsylvania should have access to every language that’s out there,” Eichelberger said. “They should have access to every specialized course. We shouldn’t have to have teachers on staff teaching that. It can be regional; it can be online.”

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