Pyfer: changes to online classes upsetting to students, parents

State lawmakers have made some significant changes to online classes in Senate Bill 65. State School Board member Tami Pyfer says the changes have upset students who want to enrich their high school experience through online classes and they have also been upsetting to parents.”I’ve had several emails from parents saying, ‘my child’s in student government; they’re in orchestra; they are in advanced placement classes; they’ve taken two or three online classes so that they have time in their school day to take all of these other classes to prepare for college and scholarships.’ “Well, now they take an online class and they take it, not in addition to what they’re taking at the high school, but they are taking it instead of.”On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Pyfer said if a student takes an online class he or she does not go to school for that period and if they take two on-line classes they miss two periods at school. She says it defeats the purpose for what at least 90 percent of the students say they were taking on-line classes for.

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