As Maryland students begin to slowly trickle back into classrooms this month, one state lawmaker is trying to establish a statewide virtual public school in Maryland. House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga (R-Baltimore County) presented a bill that would allow local school boards or higher education institutions to establish a full-time virtual public school without approval from the state superintendent of schools. “While many students do not prefer virtual learning, there are some students and families that are truly thriving under this system of learning,” Szeliga said to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday. “The ability to reach students in a home and hospital program effectively through online learning is exceptional. The possibilities for special needs students are also phenomenal.” This proposed virtual public school would be exempt from some state regulations on curriculum, professional development, textbooks and attendance. Currently, local school boards can establish a virtual school that is not statewide.
Md. Republican Lawmaker Seeks to Create a Statewide Virtual Public School
March 4, 2021