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Military tries out virtual schooling: Students, classes will move together


Members of the military often move from base to base, forcing their school-age children to switch schools time and time again. Now, the Defense Department wants to make the transition easier, which is why it has partnered with education officials at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to develop a virtual high school curriculum, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "The virtual high school is not intended to replace face-to-face schools. It is a supplement to them," said Greg Levitt, the lead subject matter expert for UNLV on the project. The Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA, the branch responsible for the education of military members’ children, operates nearly 200 schools worldwide with more than 90,000 students. The agency has standards similar to those in any public schools. But if a student were to transfer to a new school that was not offering a course they needed at the time, it could mean the student would have to complete an old-fashioned correspondence course to fulfill graduation requirements. Agency officials noticed the problem, and sought out experts who could help them solve it. It awarded a $6.2 million contract to UNLV’s Division of Educational Outreach to develop 33 courses that would encompass the virtual high school…

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