Here's our latest action alert: we need to tell the school aid budget conference committee members that Vouchers for Vendors has got to go! The new Section 21f, included in the budget, would require districts to allow students to take two online courses per semester. The problem starts when it's not clear who gets to approve the online providers. Our local schools have to foot the bill, and live with the results, but don't get to approve the courses or even decide what it means to pass!
Now there's news from Louisiana about a similar program there which has ended up being used for fraud. Thousands of students were unknowingly signed up for online classes, or signed up for ones they don't need or were in the wrong grade level, by companies going door-to-door in low-income neighborhoods to recruit students. Those who were told what was going on were mainly promised a free iPad, and left the details to the hired recruiter.
We don't want or need that kind of scandal here. Vouchers for Vendors has got to go! Spread the word!