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Senate backs online course rule change to allow teacher to be in same building as students

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State senators today voted in favor of deleting a portion of Idaho's new education laws that defines an online course and says the instructor cannot be physically located in the same school in which the student is receiving the virtual instruction. The Idaho Senate voted 33-0 Monday to remove the provision that says teachers and students must be separate during the online instruction. The clause aimed to ensure the state was providing distance education, as the new education changes intended. But Republican Sen. Dean Mortimer of Idaho Falls says the distance provision could also cause problems, such as prohibiting a teacher from loading online course material in the same school where students are taking the class. A bill now headed to the Idaho House would delete the clause.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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