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Minnesota School District Considers Going Online

The online K12 idea seems to be picking up steam by the minute -- while certainly appealing to private schools wishing to broaden their horizons, it is now gathering interest from public school districts as well. Minnesota's Frazee-Vergas School Board, for example, is considering going online in the near future as part of a new plan exploring ways to give students options to improve their education experience.

The second major change that could come for Frazee-Vergas students is the opportunity to go online.

"It'll change the look of this school," [Principal Brian] Koslofsky said.

He said he is looking into a regional teacher to assist students in area schools to be able to take classes online rather than the traditional classroom setting.

The principal's desire to explore this avenue stems from concerns over a former student who was pulled from school and enrolled in a different online K12 program; he states that he wished he could have offered the student online options within his own district instead of having to look elsewhere. Now, however, it goes beyond that and represents a desire to connecting and working with neighboring school districts via online methods and stay afloat in an era of changing wants and needs.

Rather than having area schools compete with each other, he said he'd like to see a "regional base" offering the secondary classes at each school. There would also be post secondary classes offered.

Superintendent Deron Stender said Gov. Tim Pawlenty is very serious about online schools, so the district needs to be looking at options to stay in business.

It's a bold plan at the moment, but one that will likely be coming to more and more school districts as the year marches on.

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