Rule Requiring Online High School Courses Advances in Idaho

Monday, August 29, 2011

A rule requiring high school students to take online courses has made its way to the Idaho State Board of Education, despite heavy opposition at public hearings across the state.

A subcommittee of the Idaho State Board of Education voted Thursday to recommend that the full board pass the rule, which would require the class of 2016 ? and all students coming after ? to take two online courses to graduate.

The 6-2 vote came despite overwhelming opposition from people who testified at seven hearings around the state. Only eight of the 76 people who testified at the hearings or submitted written comments supported the new rule.

The state Board of Education has a Sept. 1 deadline from the Idaho Department of Administration to vote on the proposed rule if it wants the measure to go before the Idaho Legislature during the 2012 session.

Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, who serves on the subcommittee, told The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/r34rqO) the rule will get students started on the road to digital education, providing them with "job skills that they're going to need when they enter the workforce, and with the skills to move forward in the post-secondary environment where more and more classes are being offered online."

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