MD bill could make virtual school a permanent option

MARYLAND- The term “virtual learning” has become common practice these days, many across the country pushing to return students in-person as soon as possible. One proposed bill in Maryland would actually make virtual school a permanent option.

House Bill 1170 was introduced this week by Delegate Kathy Szeliga. If passed, it would provide access to tuition-free, full-time online public school options. Students could enroll in any virtual school in the state, regardless of where they live.

Somerset County School officials tell us they tentatively support the measure.

“It could be a very positive thing for many students who struggle with health issues, or social or emotional challenges at an in-person school setting,” says Victoria Miele with Somerset County Schools.

But school officials also recognize there are challenges that have to be overcome before they would offer their full support.

Miele says, “For example, student accountability wouldn’t rest wtih the school system, if teachers administering the program aren’t ours or our employees.”

There are also questions about continuity of curriculum, if students were to come back to a Somerset County school after being in virtual school.

If passed, Maryland would be one of 33 states where full-time virtual public school is an option for all families.

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