Eye On Boise

TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011, 1:39 P.M.

Tech task force to examine funding quirk in reform law for online classes

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on the issue that came up this week at the "Students Come First" school technology task force about funding for online classes - that a quirk of the new reform laws means that online course providers will get far more state money for providing classes to students in some Idaho school districts than in others. For example, an online provider sending a class to a high school student in Boise could tap roughly $210 for a one-semester online class from the Boise district's state funding stream, according to state estimates, while a provider sending the same online class to a student in Midvale could collect roughly $733 from that smaller district's state funding.

State schools Superintendent Tom Luna said he doesn't think the issue warrants amending the law, but he agreed today to bring the issue back next month for more discussion at the task force's November meeting.

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Betsy Z. Russell
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