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Online Education: A Popular New Option in Tennessee

Over the summer, many families in Tennessee eagerly applied their children for enrollment in Tennessee's Virtual Academy. Online education courses are provided through K 12 Inc., and both the Virtual Academy and education officials are pleased with the response to the virtual academy. While many students have enrolled successfully, some are finding the application process challenging. According to an article in Education Week, parents who have applied for Tennessee's Virtual Academy worry that their students will not be able to enroll in the online program.

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Online Education: A New Requirement for Florida's Students

As the school year begins for many students across the country, the state of Florida has mandated that every high school graduate will be required to take an online course prior to graduation. Since the beginning of Florida's Virtual School in 1997, most of the students who enrolled in these online courses were the highly motivated. This is changing. According to an article in The Miami Herald, all high school students must take an online course to graduate from high school. These courses include the standard English, Math,and Science but also foreign languages and even Physical Education.

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Online Education and the University of California System

Across the nation, state university systems are making necessary budget cuts which means many students may not have access to certain courses. The University of California system officials reached an agreement that online education would help reduce spending and open up space for students in the most popular courses. According to an article in The San Jose Mercury News, the UC system will offer students online courses developed by the faculty in the freshmen and sophomore level courses. While the undergraduate students are interested in this possibility, the faculty and some graduate students are not.

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Online Education: Making College Accessible

As many colleges and universities open their doors to a new semester, many potential students may not be attending this year. Tuition rates for many state universities have increased dramatically this past year due to budget cuts, and many students cannot afford the tuition. With these challenges, higher education officials in the state of Washington and other Western states do have an affordable alternative. According to an article in The Columbian, the Western Governors University Washington offers students an affordable online alternative to the traditional state university and other for profit universities.

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Michigan Pushing for More Open Online Education Options

Online education continues to be popular option in the state of Michigan; however, some educators and legislators believe the current education laws hinder the growth of online education programs. Currently, a middle or high school student in Michigan can enroll in two online courses per semester , and the school district must apply to waive this limit. Theses waivers are limited to a small percentage of the state's school districts. According to an article in The Detroit Free Press, Michigan's Department of Education is looking to override the current limits placed upon online education courses and make online education more accessible to its students.

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