April 15, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Yesterday, South Carolina Representative Todd Atwater filed H 5216, a bill that would expand educational opportunities for public school students in the Palmetto State by creating access to a wide range of courses from approved sources, such as colleges and universities, training and vocational centers, other public schools or online providers.
“In today’s world, learning cannot be contained within four walls and a roof. This bill can open the doors of education and give students a personalized learning experience, not bound by geography or resource constraints. We encourage lawmakers to give all public school students the opportunity to enrich and customize their education. We thank Representative Atwater for filing H 5216 and enhancing education for South Carolina’s students,” said J. Alex Kelly, National Legislative Director for ExcelinEd in Action.
More about H 5216:
- H 5216 would allow students to select from a broad range of courses, in various formats – including online, face-to-face or blended – to meet their unique preferences and needs, and receive both state funding and full credit for completing courses from state-approved providers.
- Learn more about how this policy can help South Carolina students from our partners at the Palmetto Promise Institute: https://palmettopromise.org/course-access-powering-new-possibilities-for-south-carolina-students/
More about Course Access:
- Course Access is a state-level program that provides K-12 students with access to a wide range of quality courses from diverse, accountable providers.
- A Course Access program simplifies the search and enrollment process for students by creating a statewide, dynamic online catalog with information about providers and courses.
- Courses in these programs can be provided by a number of different entities such as teachers in the state’s districts, charter schools, VirtualSC, colleges and universities, employers and nonprofits.
- Watch a video on how Course Access Policies are reimaging education and see the policy in action in Ascension Parrish School District, Louisiana and Guthrie Virtual School, Texas.
- Read ExcelinEd’s latest policy paper on the changing demography of South Carolina and how that will affect the future of education in the state: Hurricane Gray Swirls Toward South Carolina: Age Demographic Change and the Near Future Of South Carolina Education.