NACSA Viewpoint: Authorizing Online Learning
Online learning is growing by 40% annually and creating new full- and part-time options for students and families. However, most charter school legislation, drafted in the early 1990s, is not inclusive to online learning opportunities. This paper addresses 3 key questions that state policymakers and authorizers need to answer:
- Who will operate and authorize online schools?
- How will students be enrolled?
- How will online schools be funded?
After framing these questions, authors Susan Patrick and Tom Vander Ark provide advice on innovation and the provision of high-quality online learning programs.