MDE moving ahead with expanded online learning options

While legislators debate removing all the caps and controls on cyber schools (SB 619), the Michigan Department of Education is moving ahead by setting guidelines that will allow middle school students to take all classes online and give school districts the opportunity to open more virtual charter schools.

Currently, students are limited to two online classes a semester. To allow students to take more courses, school districts and charter schools must apply for waivers.

The new guidelines would relax the requirements for the waivers and allow intermediate school districts to create virtual charter schools for up to 10 percent of students living within the district.

Lawmakers and the MDE are still under the misconception that throwing open the doors to cyber schools and unlimited access to online learning for all students is education reform. This is just another way to undermine public schools and line the pockets of private companies.