- Online enrollment drops State funding cuts chip away at programs Posted: September 26, 2011 – 10:55pm Photos
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- State cuts totaling $4 billion over two years are taking a bite out of online learning programs and eating into budgets for traditional classrooms.
- Enrollment in the district’s online classes through the Texas Virtual Schools Network plunged to 50 this fall from 1,300 students across the state last year, said Jay Barrett, principal of Amarillo ISD’s Online School.
- The state had provided a “virtual school allotment” since the 2009-10 school year that paid $400 for each student who took online network classes, Barrett said. The state is not funding the allotment this year and students’ families must pick up the cost, Barrett said. “The decline in enrollment is directly because of that,” he said.
- Enrollment in classes on the Texas Virtual Schools Network decreased by more than 2,400 students compared to last year’s fall semester, according to the online network.
- That barely covers paying the teacher for the work he or she does with the kids,” he said. “We’re not making any money on it. It’s bare bones.”
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