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Board still mulling online education plan

By The Mercury

The USD 383 school board will continue its online education discussion during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center.

The board decided to end the district’s contract with K12 Inc., the virtual school provider for iQ Academy Kansas, during its Dec. 4 meeting.

Final approval of that action is in the consent agenda Wednesday.

Carol Adams, teaching and learning director, academy director Brooke Blanck and secondary education director Jeanne Disney are scheduled to bring back virtual school plans at the board meeting on Feb. 19, 2014.

Wednesday’s discussion will allow the board to tell them what they would like to see in the plans.

The district’s contract with K12 expires June 30, 2014.

The board also will plan for its Feb. 26 winter retreat. Three possible topics are diversity, technology funding and transportation facility.

The board will also have a vote on a resolution that states USD 383’s adoption of the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.

Associate Superintendent Bob Seymour said the board approval would serve as a statement of support for the standards, adopted by the Kansas State Department of Education in 2010.

The standards are a part of the Common Core standards movement, which involves the majority of states adopting national standards.

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