Idaho is the poster child for online schools.
The state’s $6.8 billion budget allocated for online education was one of the biggest spending items in the state’s fiscal year.
The new money includes a $5.5 million online school grant program that has so far spent more than $300,000.
But many of Idaho’s online schools don’t do much for students, including basic instruction, testing and attendance.
What is more, they don’t get much support from the state, and the federal government has yet to provide much help to students and parents, according to the Idaho Business Review.
So, when I saw that online school was on the chopping block in Idaho, I had to check it out.
I didn’t want to wait for it to be ready for students to start learning online.
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We were surprised that there was such a lack of support for Idaho students in terms of support programs and services, said Karen St. Clair, a member of the online education advocacy group Idaho Students for Quality Education.
“We think that the state should be investing in the online school sector, but they have not,” St.clair said.
She said online education can be beneficial for students who need a quality education but don’t have the money or resources to pay for it.
“We don’t want them to be just another online school,” St Clair said.
St. Clair said the online schools do a poor job teaching children the skills they need for a job.
Students don’t learn the basic skills necessary for a career, such as being a good worker, she said.
Students don’t need to spend years in a classroom.
They need to have a supportive environment and a supportive teacher, St. Claire said.
“What we want online education to be for is helping students who want to get a job in the economy, and for them to have the opportunity to actually start a business,” she said, adding that online education is not for everyone.
Idaho has been one of only five states that has not yet passed a law providing additional support for online learning, according an analysis by the Center for Effective Government.
Online schools don´t get the support they need to survive, said the center’s research director, Jennifer Johnson.
There’s a lack on education funding, which creates a lack for education providers.
The lack of state funding can lead to students going to places where they may not have the skills to succeed, such in failing schools, Johnson said.
“This has been a big problem for Idaho,” Johnson said, noting that the education system in Idaho is among the worst in the country for graduation rates and student achievement.
Idaho students do not have an opportunity to learn the skills needed for a full career.
Students who have to use their college credit to pay tuition and fees often miss out on the benefits of an education.
Idaho needs to be making sure its students have the education they need, Johnson added.
For years, students in Idaho have been complaining about the lack of quality online schools, including a lack that is being addressed, according the group Idaho Student for Quality Educations.
The group has spent years campaigning to ensure that students are able to find quality online learning programs.
But with the state still struggling with its budget crisis, Idaho Students For Quality Education is now in a tough position, Johnson explained.
The group has been trying to get more support from other states and the private sector, which has struggled to fill the state´s online education needs, she added.
“We are in the process of working with other states to try to find the funding and the programs to provide for the students,” Johnson added, “but at the end of the day, Idaho is not the only state that needs to have that funding.”
Johnson said Idaho students are often left out of online education because of a lack in funding and a lack the support of parents.
The Idaho Student For Quality Educators has been working for years to create a more diverse online education experience for students.
The Idaho Student Alliance has partnered with online education providers to provide more support for students of color, and a recent online school survey found that 85 percent of students said they were more interested in attending an online school than in attending a brick-and-mortar school.
The online education industry needs to start investing in its students and the communities they live in, Johnson told the Idaho Student Advocate.
But that won’t happen overnight, she warned.
I think it will take a while to fix the problem, said St. Caldwell, who said that online schools have made Idaho a destination for students looking for an online education that can help them build their career and get a foot in the door of the job market