Wednesday, June 22, 2016

PA House: Online Courses for the Poor. Teachers for the Rich. | gadflyonthewallblog

PA House: Online Courses for the Poor. Teachers for the Rich. | gadflyonthewallblog:

PA House: Online Courses for the Poor. Teachers for the Rich.


Pennsylvania has a long history of under-resourcing its public schools.
State Rep. Jason Ortitay has a solution.
The Republican representing Washington and Allegheny Counties envisions a world where poor kids learn from computers and rich kids learn from flesh-and-blood teachers.
It’s all in his proposed legislation, H.B. 1915, passed by the state House on Monday. It now moves on to the Senate.
The legislation would assign the Department of Education the task of organizing a collection of online courses for use by students in grades 6-12. Some classes might be created by the state and others would be made by third parties with approval for state use. If anyone so desired, the courses could be utilized by anyone in public school, private school, homeschool and beyond. The online learning clearinghouse thus created would be called the “Supplemental Online Course Initiative.”
But what does this have to do with impoverished schools?
According to the bill, itself, state education officials would:
“Upon request, provide assistance to school districts which have been declared to be in financial recovery status or identified for financial watch status under Article VI-A by facilitating the school districts’ search for low-cost or no-cost online course options.”
In other words, this bill provides an alternative for schools where the local tax base isn’t enough to fund traditional classes presided over by living, breathing teachers.
In the distant past, the state used to made up some of the slack to level the playing PA House: Online Courses for the Poor. Teachers for the Rich. | gadflyonthewallblog:

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