State schools Supt. Tom Luna now says it was a “misquote” when the New York Times quoted him this week saying that he'll ask the state Board of Education to require four online classes for graduation, though he then repeated that. “I was very comfortable with four,” he said. “That will be the starting number. This decision is going to be made after a lot of research and a lot of discussion through the work of the state board. I am confident that we will have some number. And we have many states that are beginning to adopt graduation requirements when it comes to online credits. … I think four is a reasonable number.” Gov. Butch Otter then added, “That's the minimum. … That's going to be the minimum . And if we experience in Idaho the same things other states have experienced,” Otter said students likely will be taking “12 or 15” online classes.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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