More Nebraska students will get to go to school without leaving home.
Steps have been put in place to expand virtual schools in Nebraska, offering more courses to more students through the Internet.
State Education Commissioner Roger Breed says the state must take this step.
“The reality is either we participate in virtual learning as a state as an education system or our students participate in it without us,” Breed says.
Breed says the state can better assure that the classes offered and the instructors teaching online are quality.
A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed to establish the Virtual Partnership among the state Department of Education, the University of Nebraska, the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET). The partnership will establish the Nebraska Virtual School and the Nebraska Virtual Library. NET has proposed to offer resources, such as multi-media and digital instruction, to students and teachers across Nebraska through the Virtual Library.
University of Nebraska officials say the university in Lincoln has launched the Virtual Scholars pilot program, offering 50 free course enrollments to high schools across Nebraska on a competitive basis. The university’s Independent Study High School now serves 300 Nebraska students.