ONLINE COURSES: Dept. Of Education Looks To Expand

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The Iowa Department of Education wants to continue to expand online learning opportunities for students, the only problem is they don’t have the money to do it.

Director Jason Glass is asking lawmakers for $1.5 million in funding over the next three years.

Glass says the money will allow them to expand the Iowa Learning Online program statewide.

Currently the program offers classes for credit to a range of students from those struggling in traditional classes to those taking advanced placement courses.  Students can take classes that currently aren’t offered at their high school.

Glass says the money would allow the state to make the program more self-supporting and once they have built up a large course catalog online the money spent on offering classes to a small population in every school district can be redirected.