State Board of Education approves full funding for students enrolled in any type of online program.
COLORADO, USA — To give schools room to experiment, the State Board of Education passed new rules this summer that give Colorado districts full funding this year and next for students enrolled in any type of online program. In exchange, districts must share data showing that those students are actually learning.
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Members of the State Board acknowledge they’re taking a risk with students’ education and that it will take time to know what is and isn’t working, but they believe it’s worth it.
“I guess I’m willing to take the risk as opposed to snuffing out the innovation,” State Board member Steve Durham said.
Like most states, Colorado has seen an increase in the number of students learning online since the pandemic began. But the emergency programs created during COVID varied widely and didn’t follow all of the state’s…