Aug 19th

Rogers School District exploring online education

Rogers School District exploring online education
News from Arkansas Online:

ROGERS — School officials are exploring launching an online program for high school students next year.

Administrators will survey students within the next few weeks to gauge how many are interested in such a program. Cris Carter, chief information officer, told the School Board at its meeting Tuesday officials have done extensive research on options for implementing a virtual school.

Robert Moore, assistant superintendent for secondary curriculum and instruction, is in charge of working with different virtual school providers to understand those options.

“We definitely believe this is going to be a big part of education in the future,” said Superintendent Janie Darr.

The state Board of Education last week gave the School District a boost in its move toward online education.

The board granted the district a waiver from a rule that defines a unit of credit as one given for a course which meets for 120 hours; the same rule also requires a minimum of six hours of instruction per day or 30 hours per week.

The district made its request under a new law allowing school districts to apply for the kinds of legal waivers granted to charter schools in those districts. Arkansas Arts Academy is the only charter school in the Rogers School District.

“Arkansas Arts Academy has a long list of waivers,” Moore said. “We looked through (t…………… continues on Arkansas Online

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Michigan has been recognized nationally as a leading force in online learning, and not just for higher education. The state is on the cutting edge of kindergarten through high school education. Among those leading the way is Michigan Virtual University.

A request by the governor and legislation in 2000 led to the creation of Michigan Virtual University. It’s a wonderful option for students who cannot attend traditional school because of a health issue, scheduling conflict, or for other reasons. Students have a wider variety of courses available to them, taught by certified teachers from all over the state, including specialized classes and AP classes.

The state of Michigan has policy framework that allows every student in grades six through 12 to enroll in up to two online courses in any given academic term, with the school covering enrollment costs.

To learn more about online learning and Michigan Virtual University, talk to your student’s guidance counselor or visit their website.

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