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Board of Education calls for better access
(2007-08-08)
(WOUB) - West Virginia educators know that computers are the wave of the future. They say increased funding for the state's virtual school is necessary for students to have equal access to alternative, computer-based coursework.

The annual budget for virtual schools in West Virginia is $458,000. The program is at full capacity: 1,550 students have taken courses.

Virtual classes offer students in even the most far-reaching corners of the state an opportunity to complete academic coursework and receive credit for it. Currently, the state offers 233 courses at the middle and high school levels.

According to Southern Regional Education Board Technology Director Bill Thomas, 85 to 90% of students succeed in online courses in West Virginia.

Even better, 99 percent of our middle school foreign language courses are completed successfully.

The state board of education voted unanimously to conduct a study of the state's needs to help amend the budget and continue cooperation with the Southern Regional Education Board to improve student access.

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