Thinking Outside the Building: Online Education, the latest publication of Sutherland Institute’s Center for Educational Progress, reports that online schools are an increasingly popular choice for parents because they can tailor schooling to fit their children’s needs.
Derek Monson, Sutherland policy manager and author of the paper, says public education in Utah is at a crossroads. Those administering the system can either choose to implement innovations like online education, or get left behind.
“The Utah State Legislature should require school districts to inform parents about the online-learning options available to them, including online public charter schools,” Monson said. “Lawmakers and public education officials should also enact other policies that encourage the growth of online learning.”
In the paper, Monson contends that parents in Utah should have greater influence over the education of their children. Further, he indicates that while there are many potential benefits associated with the expansion of online learning, those benefits are not limited to parents and children alone. The expanded use of online-education tools could also help the public school system to provide a quality, personalized education to children in Utah.
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