Community voices concern over online education requirements

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© 2011 Idaho Press-Tribune

Residents of Ada and Canyon counties had an opportunity to voice their opinions regarding a controversial proposal that would require Idaho high school students to take two online courses to graduate.

A public hearing, the sixth of seven held across the state over the past two weeks, was held at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa. Tracy Bent and Mark Browning, representatives from the Office of the State Board of Education, took input and answered questions from concerned educators and parents.

The proposed rule, scheduled to take effect at the start of the 2012-13 school year, would require students to take two online course credits to graduate high school. That’s down from the eight required credits initially proposed by Idaho public schools superintendent Tom Luna.

Among the needs cited is a growing demand for technological literacy in the workforce and in higher education, which officials hope this requirement will address.

Parents and educators alike expressed doubts, however, that this proposal is a good way to serve the state’s high school students. Among concerns raised were the po………..
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