State Board of Ed repeals online requirement for graduation
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Following the will of Idaho voters, the State Board of Education voted 7-1 to ditch a requirement that Idaho high school students take two online classes to graduate.
But Monday's decision clearly won't be the last time the issue is considered.
Nearly all of the board members said some Internet-learning mandate was necessary to prepare public school students for the work force.
On Nov. 6, voters rejected all three laws that encompassed public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul.
Most unpopular was Proposition 3, which included a $180 million contract for laptops -- and the law encouraging the State Board of Education to establish an online requirement.
Board members said their repeal of the two-credit requirement resets discussions with groups including the Idaho Education Association teachers union about what's appropriate.
Superintendent Luna was the one who motioned for the appeal.
“Proposition 3 was overturned by the voters,” Luna said, according to Betsy Russell with the Spokesman-Review. “Overturning Proposition 3 in and of itself did not remove the two.” But, he said, “Because of the actions of the voters on Nov. 6th … the perception in the public definitely was that the language on the ballot itself made a reference to the online graduation requirement, and so I think it's proper that we remove that as part of the pending rule.”