About a year ago, the Virginia Beach School Board considered a requirement that all students take an online course before graduation.
It'd be a good experience, advocates argued—another feather in graduates' digital caps. Opponents worried that it would penalize students who didn't have computers at home.
Eventually, board members tabled the proposal. But now, it doesn't matter. The
General Assembly has turned a similar idea into a statewide requirement.
Starting with ninth-graders in fall 2013, all students...