Advocating for online options

We’re building a advocacy initiative for online and blended learning.  some of the goals include

  • paint pictures of the future of learning
  • promote quality options for kids/families
  • guide state and local policy development
  • encourage investment in innovation

Tell me if I missed something obvious and if there are groups that you think should be involved.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

Depending on how into the weeds you wish to go, I would consider the following:
1) Ensuring that on-line options are not subject to the same "teacher of record" rules to which "brick and mortar" schools are subject.
2) How on-line options can narrow the digitial divide between urban and rural areas, especially in Southern states without charter school laws like Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky.
I assume that you are working with NACOL, NACSA, National Urban League, BAEO, LaRaza and leading lights of the technology industry such as Apple, Dell and Microsoft.
Thanks and all the best,
qlm, jr.

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