The State Board of Education has given its approval for Idaho high-schoolers to be required to take at least two credits online to graduate. The board's approval came despite opposition at a series of public hearings this past summer. A majority of citizens participating in a 21-day public comment period urged the board not to approve the online requirement.
"Idahoans have repeatedly said since last January that the decision to take online classes should be made by students and their parents, not by the state," read a statement from the Idaho Education Association. "The Association is pleased that the State Board chose to require two credits rather than the eight originally sought last January by State Superintendent Tom Luna. We also know that Idahoans will have the last word on this mandate at the ballot box in November 2012."
Proponents of the change said virtual classes will save money and better prepare students for college.