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SB 0289 - Education; require students; one course containing online learning

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Rogers,Chip 21st
Last Action: 5/1/2012 - Senate Date Signed by Governor
Senate Committee: ED&Y
House Committee: Ed

Staff Analysis of the Legislation

SB 289,Rogers– 21  
SBOE is to maximize the numbers of students who can take one on line course in high school. End of course tests shall be offered on line by 2015-16. Providers of on line courses can be the GA Virtual School run by the state DOE, or post secondary institutions with on line courses.  Removes public school students from their priority status when signing up for courses delivered by GA Virtual School. Bans a local school from prohibiting a student from taking a course on line because it is offered at the local school. By the fall of 2012, every K-12 student must be provided the opportunity to take part time or full time virtual instruction. Allows personal electronic devices to be used in school with parameters set by the local school board. The barrier to every school having the capability to take one line courses or taking tests on line is having the band width available at the school. Metro Atlanta schools can get it. Rural areas don’t have the infrastructure. DOE is aware of this and is working on it. Charter schools are included in this proposal. PTA agrees with the removal of the ban on electronic devices as long as there is policy on their use by the local school board.

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