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Relating to the state virtual school network; changing a fee.
SB 27 would allow the commissioner of education to establish criteria for, authorize the operation of, and approve an expansion of a full-time virtual school to campuses which meet certain criteria. Additionally, the bill would create a statewide course catalog, a program of supplemental courses offered by state-approved course providers that is delivered through the state virtual school network. Students who are enrolled full-time in the district or charter schools would be able to transfer to the virtual school full-time, but supplementary subjects would be offered with a fee to be set by the commissioner of education.
Texas Action supports SB 27 because it promotes limited government and individual liberty by providing for more expansive public school choice by giving parents and students a school option that may better suit their needs if the traditional neighborhood school to which they are zoned is not the right fit. This is all the more necessary in the wake of the COVID-19 disaster which significantly disrupted public education and has caused an extraordinary loss of learning. Parents are desperate for choices other than what school districts are able to capably offer.