Published: Friday, Sept. 23 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT
This whole online thing is one more way for our legislature to make education
for profit.If they really wanted to do online school they just need
to look no further than BYU. BYU has had online classes for years now and for
much cheaper than what the state is trying to give parents and students. I
think a typical BYU online class is around $150. The state is giving $700 per
class. That is $550 per class that could be going to real schools instead.Seems like an easy solution to me.And it is cheaper. Usually what conservatives like, except our legislature. Especially
when they can take a dig at public ed.
The reason is because the original intent was not to benefit the students in the
state but rather private, out-of-state companies. After the curtain was pulled
back on this on-line voucher bill, the bill was amended and changed. What was
left was poor legislation that hurt the current Electronic High School and
created and inefficiency within school districts. Ms. Pyfer describes it well
in her commentary. Senator Stephenson created bad legislation once again by
trying to profitize a part of the public education system.
Excellent article. It is vital that parents become more empowered to make the
choices in their child's education. A caring parent has a unique insight into
their child's particular needs. Somehow it is difficult for the majority of the
education establishment to understand this. This lack of understanding is one of
the fatal flaws of public schools. It is one of many reasons why U.S. schools
are rated near the bottom internationally. Perhaps they think that their degrees
in education enable them to know what is best for our children.
We should all be concerned that a State School Board Member is advocating in
support of extending this opportunity as it is currently written. The cost of
each online course is approximately $723 per course. That money now goes to the
online provider, which in most cases is K-12 Online Learning, an out of state
company. So let's do the math- 723 x 2= $1426 That is an exhorbitant amount of
the WPU. Now, let's talk about increasing the number of online courses to eight
periods. 723 x 8= $5784 more than we currently spend per pupil in Utah.The system is being "bled to death." To say Utah schools are failing
when they have never been given adequate funding to make a difference and then
take away any precious dollars to send to other providers, is simply setting up
a system of failure-that translates to children.Shame on this school
board member for her support of such a travesty.
They are on Facebook al day anyway.
West Granger,This statement is false -" U.S.
schools are rated near the bottom internationally"
As written, by the time a student begins to take all online classes, the
district will have to PAY an online, out of state company to educate them. The
public school may never see them, but will still pay out of pocket.This is a scam.
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