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IBOE Considers Online Credit Requirement Thursday

Idaho would become the first state to require students to take at least two credits online under a plan headed to education officials for final approval.

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The state Board of Education is expected to consider the measure at a special meeting Thursday. The board gave the online requirement initial approval in September despite heavy opposition at public hearings this summer. Trustees collected more feedback during a 21-day public comment period last month. A majority of the commenters said Idaho shouldn’t require online learning, according to board staff. Schools nationwide offer virtual classes, but just three states – Alabama, Florida and Michigan – have adopted rules since 2006 to require online learning, according to the International Association of K-12 Online Learning. Idaho would be the first to require two credits online.

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