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New bill would give state funding to Missouri's virtual schools

Date: February 25, 2009
By: Jennifer Meckles
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 291

Intro: The Senate Education Committee posed questions for a bill heard Wednesday that would expand Missouri's virtual learning program.

Jennifer Meckles has more from Jefferson City.

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These courses offer alternatives for students who want to take courses outside the classroom.

Committee member Democratic Senator Yvonne Wilson questioned the regulation of the program and how taxpayers will know if it works.

 

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Description:  I'm just wondering what we have to show that, indeed, these students are successful and these are the reasons why.


The program is too new to compare with traditional class work, but further testing will determine the programs's effectiveness.

Bill supporters say state funding will improve the program.

The comittee did not vote on the measure.

Reporting fromt the state Capitol, I'm Jennifer Meckles.


Intro: The Senate Education Committe heard a bill Wednesday that would provide funding for a program that would allow your child to take classes from the family computer.

Jennifer Meckles has more from Jefferson City.

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Bill supporters say funding would primarily go toward computer-based courses.

Students who can't go to a class on a regular basis for medical, financial or other reasons will benefit.

Jeanette Coward is the Park Hill school district assistant superintendent.

She says this bill will help with further program developments.

 

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Description: As we look to the future we know that we need some alternative instructional delivery models for our students. We need to be able to offer different modalities for students to learn.


Virtual courses are currently offered in kindergarden through highschool levels and must follow Missouri's curriculum standards.

The committee did not take any action on the bill.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Jennifer Meckles.


Intro: The Senate Education Committee heard a bill that would enhance the way Missouri students learn.

Jennifer Meckles has more from Jefferson City.

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The bill would set aside state funding virtual courses in participating schools.

Assistant Superintendent to the Park Hill School District, Jeanette Coward says the key to the program is stronger student-teacher relationships.

 

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Description: I think its a connection to their local teachers. Its access. I think one of the reasons this has been successful is our students know our teachers. Our parents know our teachers that are teaching this class. So when they need them, they can contact them immediately.


Computer-based courses must follow state school curiculum and attendance policies.

The bill met no opposition in the committee hearing Wednesday.

From the State Capitol, I'm Jennifer Meckles.