Area Delegate Displeased With Virtual High School Pilot

WAYNESBORO — The Virginia Department of Education last week announced a pilot program for a full-time online high school for 2015-16, but at least one area lawmaker is not happy with the plan.

The virtual high school program will be available to 100 students, and those students will register through their local public schools’ guidance department.

Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, has been a proponent of virtual education since he was elected to the General Assembly. He sponsored successful General Assembly legislation in 2010 that established guidelines for virtual education programs to be followed by Virginia school boards. The ultimate goal of Bell’s legislation was to provide a K-12 program and school choice for all Virginia students.

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