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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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For Immediate Release: February 10, 2009

Sen. Gary Stanislawski
Sen. Gary Stanislawski

Committee Approves Bill to Create Task Force
on Internet-Based Instruction

The Senate Education Committee approved a measure Monday to study the efficiency of Internet-based instruction in Oklahoma. Senate Bill 604 would create a task force to review such programs and make recommendations regarding necessary changes to ensure accountability for those in public schools.

“Internet-based instruction is becoming more and more popular for our middle and high school students. For many, because of time constraints or problems at school, it’s simply easier to get their school work done through this type of program,” said Stanislawski, R-Tulsa. “Because of its growing popularity, I want to ensure that these programs are providing just as good an education as is available in the classroom, and that there is accountability to make sure students are really doing the work they’re supposed to be doing.”

The task force would consist of seven members including the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and two district superintendents from districts that provide students with Internet-based instruction. The task force’s findings would have to be submitted by November 10, 2009. The report could include findings and recommendations for any statutory or regulatory changes necessary to improve the accountability, finding, and effectiveness of Internet-based instruction.

The United Suburban Schools Association requested the bill, which will now go before the full Senate for further consideration.

For more information contact:
Sen. Stanislawsky's Office: 405-521-5624

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