Two metro districts will open new online schools this fall that will be available to students across the state in efforts to broaden course offerings and draw students.
Lakeville and Anoka-Hennepin school leaders received approval from the Minnesota Department of Education last week to begin offering online education programs statewide for the coming school year.
Link12 Lakeville will enroll students in kindergarten through 12th grade and Anoka-Hennepin's StepAhead High School will focus on students who are interested in free earning college credit while in high school through dual credit classes.
Lisa Snyder, Lakeville superintendent, said offering online instruction to students at every grade level was a logical step in her district's continued efforts to bring more technology into student learning. Lakeville has a district-wide technology initiative that puts Apple's iPad into classrooms. The district also focuses on specially designed learning plans for each student.