Tangipahoa Schools Explore Learning Options

Jun 11, 2012

AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish school officials are exploring ways to expand virtual learning opportunities in grades 6-12, but some board members are concerned about the program's ability to meet the needs of at-risk students.

Chief Academic Officer Melissa Stilley tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/LPNZSY ) implementing a virtual learning program would allow the district to provide more opportunities for learning while addressing the system's needs, including saving money.

Stilley say virtual learning could also save the district money by reducing textbook costs, brick-and-mortar overhead, Louisiana Virtual School fees and, if test scores improve, remediation expenses.

Some school board members expressed concerns, however, about equipping the parish's at-risk students with the technology they would need as well as motivating them from a distance.