Staff Analysis of the Legislation
This bill would amend Part 14 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A. to create a clearinghouse through which local school systems may offer their computer-based courses to students of other local school systems and charter schools.
- The DOE would be responsible for operating the system, but they would not be responsible for the course content.
- The DOE would establish procedures for submitting courses, including the technical specifications for delivering the course and would publish a course catalog of available courses and procedures for enrolling in the courses.
- Enrollment would have to meet 2 criteria: the student must get approval for course enrollment from his/her school system or charter school; and the school or system would have to agree to accept the credit for the course.
- QBE funding would go to the school system / charter school where the student is enrolled.
- The DOE would set fees and procedures for reimbursement if the student withdraws before completing the course; in addition, they would be responsible for collecting the fees and sending them to the student’s home school/system.
- The teacher would then be paid an additional amount of compensation as set by the DOE for teaching the course, depending on the number of students taking the course and the course fee.
- The grade for the course would be assigned by the school / system delivering the course and would be sent to the system where the student is enrolled.
- The DOE would determine if the course would be offered as a dual enrollment program, a home study program, or if it would be offered outside normal school hours.
- Schools could also participate in other distance learning courses outside the clearinghouse.