Georgia students in small schools that don’t offer advanced classes — and home-schoolers and private school students — will be able to take classes online under a bill creating a Georgia Virtual School, reports Snooze Button Dreams.
The classes would be funded by state tax dollars based on the number of courses students were taking. A change introduced by Sen. Don Thomas, R-Dalton, would open up to six online courses a year to students not enrolled in public school.
“I want to be fair to every student,” Thomas said. “Their parents are paying a lot of taxes.”
The amendment was opposed by Democrats on the Republican-controlled committee and by representatives of teacher’s groups, who said the change would effectively take money away from school systems.
“This is one more step in weakening public schools,” said Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, a committee member who voted against the amendment. “Public school students should not have to wait in line.”
Snoozer agrees distance learning will weaken schools. He’s happy about that.
On Number 2 Pencil, home-schoolers worry that enrolling in public online classes will put their autonomy at risk.