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Chamber Study Says Missouri ‘Falling Behind’ Digital Learning Curve



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Photo by Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Missouri is “falling behind” when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students, according to a study by the Colorado-based Evergreen Education Corp. that was sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me State, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically. Mehan told reporters in Jefferson City that the state also does not allow open enrollment in virtual schools.

“This limits students that are in rural areas where diverse course offerings are difficult, given a lack of qualified teachers, as well as for students that are attending school districts that are provisionally accredited or on the brink of failure, for whatever reason,” Mehan said.

The study’s recommendations include allowing statewide, fully online public schools.

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