Since arriving in the legislature, I have been working to expand the use of online technology in public schools. Thanks especially to the able leadership of two successive chairs of the Education Committee, Rep. Marty Walz and Rep. Alice Peisch, I can now report an important step forward.
The new law authorizes the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to solicit proposals for the formation of "Commonwealth Virtual Schools." Initially, only school districts and educational collaboratives will be allowed to make proposals.
The new law defines a Commonwealth Virtual School as a "public school operated by a board of trustees whose teachers primarily teach from a remote location using the internet or other computer-based methods and whose students are not required to be located at the physical premises of the school."