Bill Revising Virtual School Law Clears Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to tighten enrollment requirements at privately run online schools has passed the Senate.
The measure guided by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville was approved 27-2 on Thursday.
The proposal would allow beginning online schools to start with an enrollment of 1,500 and continue to expand as long as they meet performance requirements. If they fell to do so for three consecutive years, then the state education commissioner can cap enrollment, or direct the local school board to close it.
Haslam’s initial proposal sought to cap online school enrollment at 5,000.
Critics have pushed for capping enrollment following the low performance of Tennessee Virtual Academy, the state’s only privately operated virtual school.
Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman called its first-year test results “unacceptable.”

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  1. Eric H

    Still waiting for those academic scores of these same students before they entered TVA so we can actually tell if they progressed or not.
    Since TVA students did not fall into the “bottom 10%” academically, despite the NEA water-carriers Berke and Herron howling, what does Gov. Haslam prescribe for the public schools that actually ARE in the bottom 10% academically? Are they “unacceptable”? When are we going to cap enrollment and close those?
    Why would you have to cap enrollment for a school that has totally voluntary enrollment? Those parents are leaving for TVA because they think it will be an improvement. If it isn’t, wouldn’t they just go back? Or asked another way, if the academics are so bad (i.e., the students are worse off than before), why is enrollment increasing?

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