Montgomery Co. School Board Approves Virtual Learning Program

Virtual learning is coming to Montgomery Public Schools. The school board voted tonight to try out a new pilot program.

This upcoming school year, there will be some students who won’t have to go to school buildings to do their work. They’ll be able to do it from the comfort of their own homes. Montgomery Public Schools officials say virtual learning is a great educational option.

Montgomery County School Board Member gave a virtual learning pilot program the green light at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

“It’s just a pilot and we’re hoping that at least 50 kids are interested, which will show us that we’re on the right track,” says Superintendent Margaret Allen.

The pilot program, which will be in place for the 2015-2016 school year, will be open to 20 students.

“They will apply based on their interest for the program and then we’ll go from there,” she says. “If we have more than 20, then of course we’ll have to do a lottery.”

The students will have to physically show up to a school, or the professional services building to take tests. Duncan Kirkwood with the Black Alliance for Educational Options says he applauds MPS for taking a chance on virtual learning.

“Every child learns differently and every kid has different needs so we need to have different options for people to have access to those needs even if they don’t have money.”

Board President Melissa Snowden says she believes the pilot will be successful.

“I think that this would be great for those families with homeschool families, they have to have the umbrella schools and wow, if Montgomery Public Schools could be their umbrella, I think that would be a blessing.”

If this pilot program goes well, MPS officials say they will expand it and it will be open to more students.

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