Superintendent Tony Bennett is expected to announce in his annual State of Education speech tonight a proposal that requires Indiana high schoolers to take at least one online course before graduating.
If Bennett’s proposal is accepted, Indiana would join the ranks of several other states that have recently announced moving toward mandatory online learning. Florida’s recently passed Digital Learning Now law requires that high school students take at least one online course before acquiring a diploma, among other educational measures. Idaho’s Board of Education preliminarily voted in favor Friday of a policy that would require high school students to earn at least two online credits to earn a diploma.
According to WISH-TV, Bennett is also slated to propose scholarships and early graduation initiatives, a new method of calculating students in schools, expanding courses offered and expanding educational focus on technology.
Reform has been at the helm of an agenda for Indiana’s education officials. The state Board of Education approved a plan last month that takes over three high schools and one middle school after years of academic probation.
The Indiana State Teachers Association has also filed a lawsuit in attempt to block a voucher program that allows families to use some tax dollars toward private school tuition. When schools opened last month, thousands had jumped from Indiana public schools to private ones under the voucher program.
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