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Tennessee Expands Access to Online Learning

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed HB 1879, a new law that boosts online learning options for students throughout the Volunteer State. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the new law allows Tennessee public school students to take a range of courses offered by other public schools across the state.

Sponsored by House Education Instruction and Programs Subcommittee Chair Roger Kane, with Senate Education Chair Dolores Gresham leading the debate in the upper chamber, HB 1879 enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support in both legislative chambers.

“Today’s students must be prepared for college and the careers of tomorrow. By leveraging technology and partnerships, HB 1879 takes a bold step forward to increase access to courses that students need to succeed,” said Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd). “We thank Chairs Dolores Gresham and Roger Kane for their efforts to improve access to online learning for all Tennessee students. We look forward to working with the Tennessee Department of Education, policymakers and key stakeholders to build on this foundation, ensure that courses are rigorous and high-quality and expand the program to include content from colleges, universities, nonprofits and others in future years.”

ExcelinEd also commends our partners at the Beacon Center of Tennessee for their work on this legislation.



More about expanding online learning opportunities:

  • Watch a video on how online learning policies are reimagining education.
  • Online learning opportunities can provide K-12 students with access to a wide range of quality courses from diverse, accountable providers.
  • Courses in these programs can be provided by a number of different entities such as teachers in the state’s districts, charter schools, colleges and universities, employers and nonprofits.