By Deborah Williams
Some school districts across the country have wrestled with budget shortfalls in a myriad of creative ways, but some school districts have chosen to reduce the cost of offering summer school by having all summer school courses taught online. A recent post by Collin Binkley on The Columbus Dispatch education blog, “Online Summer School Has Lower Cost, More Flexibility,” describes several local school districts that have chosen to teach all summer school courses online to meet demand while saving the district money. The reasons for this change goes beyond cost savings:
- A variety of subjects can be taught online. “Students who take Virtual Physical Education still will try to improve their fitness and play a variety of sports, but they will report and reflect on their exercise online.”
- Students have a lot of scheduling flexibility with online summer school. They may work at their own pace at home while allowing them to pursue other activities during the summer.
- It saves money for the parents and the school districts. The cost for parents is reduced by about $35 per course, and the school districts do not have to hire as many summer school teachers.
- Online summer school provides a way for students who want to move to more advanced coursework.