Virtual learning bill voted out of House committee

The House Education committee voted out House Bill 1780 on April 16, which is legislation to bolster the state’s programs for virtual learning. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau.

Swan’s bill would allow Missouri high school students who want to begin postsecondary coursework to access virtual learning programs.

The effort comes as Missouri has fallen behind in the effort to bring digital learning opportunities to K-12 students, according to a Missouri Chamber Education Foundation study released earlier this year. A similar bill has been presented by Sen. Ed Emery.
The bill will now move to the House floor for further debate, and if passed, will move to the senate.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports efforts to enhance virtual learning options in our state. For the future of our economy, it is critical that Missouri students receive a world-class education and emerge prepared to compete in a global economy.
For more information about education legislation, contact Jay Atkins, general counsel for the Missouri Chamber at jatkins@mochamber.com or Brian Crouse, vice president of education programs for the Missouri Chamber at bcrouse@mochamber.com , or by phone at 573-634-3511.

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