Bill Would Require Pa Public Schools To Offer Online Courses

09.24.13 | Bob Price

A Lancaster County representative has introduced a bill that seeks to make online courses a staple in the learning opportunities offered at more public schools. The legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Ryan Aument would require the state Department of Education to establish a clearinghouse of online courses that schools could use by entering into contracts with the provider who developed the course. It would require all public schools to offer online courses for students in grades 9 to 12, starting in 2015-16. That mandate would be expanded to apply to grades 6 to 12 beginning in 2018-19.  Aument says the goal of the initiative is to harness technology in a way that is beneficial to students, while still maintaining Pennsylvania’s policy of local control.