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ERIC Number: ED530433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb-14
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Overcoming the Governance Challenge in K-12 Online Learning. Creating Sound Policy for Digital Learning. A Working Paper Series from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Chubb, John E.
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Online learning and our current system of local education governance are at odds with one another, to say the least. In this paper, John Chubb examines how local school district control retards the widespread use of instructional technologies. He argues that the surest way to break down the system's inherent resistance to technology is to shift control from the local district--and thus the school board--and put it in the hands of states. He then outlines ten steps to get us to this brave new governance system: (1) Set K-12 Online-Learning Policy at the State Level; (2) Create a Public Market for K-12 Online Learning; (3) Provide Students the Right to Choose Online Learning Full Time; (4) Provide Students the Right to Choose Online Learning Part Time; (5) Authorize Statewide Online Charter Schools, Overseen by Statewide Charter Authorizers; (6) License Supplementary Online Providers; (7) Fund All Learning Opportunities Equally Per Pupil; (8) Exempt Online and Blended Teaching from Traditional Teacher Requirements Including Certification and Class Size; (9) Establish Student Learning as the Foundation of Accountability for Online Schools and Providers; and (10) Address Market Imperfections by Providing Abundant Information to Students, Families, Schools, and Districts. (Contains 42 endnotes.) [For a review of this paper, "Review of 'Overcoming the Governance Challenge in K-12 Online Learning'", see ED530436.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001