2000 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Study: K-12 Web-based Instruction (language only)

Item 131 #2h

Item 131 #2h

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Education, Secretary of

Page 87, after line 42,  insert:
"D.1. The Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of Technology, Old Dominion University, and the Department of Education, shall conduct a feasibility study for an Internet-based comprehensive program of instruction in the core content areas assessed under the Standards of Learning open to all Virginia students subject to compulsory school attendance or any Virginia student who is eligible to attend an elementary or secondary public school in the locality where they reside.  Such a feasibility study shall include, but not be limited to, the following items:  (1) an examination of existing virtual high schools, such as the Florida High School and the Concord Consortium, and higher education programs of instruction, and the experience of those schools; (2) an estimate of the cost of developing a curriculum for the school that would meet the requirements of Virginia's Standards of Learning; (3) an estimate of the on-going instructional support, and any associated costs, required for students enrolling in the school's courses; (4) an estimate of the administrative support, and any associated costs, required for such a school; and (5) an estimate of the capability and cost to equip public schools with sufficient technology hardware, software, and infrastructure to make the instruction available in every school."
2. The Secretary of Education shall report the findings and cost estimates from the feasibility study to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by September 30, 2001."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)