Online Education Now Required In NY State Schools

A sweeping new policy, set to take effect this year, will mandate that public schools in the state of New York spend significant amounts of time online

The world of the 21st century is one in which those who hope to succeed are going to need to know how to navigate the information superhighway.  In the state of New York, education officials have some ideas about how best to accomplish this.  High school will become a virtual learning experience for more New York teenagers under a sweeping new state policy that promotes online instruction.  The Board of Regents approved new rules easing the “seat-time” requirements that spell out how long a student must physically spend in a classroom to earn course credit.

From The New York Post:

The regulations also lessen requirements for face-to-face interactions between students and teachers.

City Department of Education officials, who lobbied Albany for the changes, said the new rules will enable educators to conduct more online or “blended” courses for students located across several schools.

For example, a student will be able to take a virtual course in a subject that is not physically offered in his or her school because of a shortage of instructors.

“We can begin to take advantage of Mandarin Chinese teachers. We can make it available to students across schools,” said Arthur Vanderveen, chief of strategy in the department’s Office of Innovation.

Under this new policy, the teacher in any typical classroom would simply instruct a group of students from other locations digitally, as well as those in his or her classroom.

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