Monday, April 17, 2006
Nodler sings praises of virtual school
In his weekly column, Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, sings the praises of the proposed virtual school for Missouri.
On the face of it, a virtual school seems to have much to offer. Not all students succeed in a traditional school atmosphere, and it would obviously offer much to home-schooled students.
Nodler says all of the right things about the legislation; it will follow state law concerning the use of certified teachers (even though members of Nodler's party have been making every effort to water down that law); a portion of the money will go to the local school districts; in truth, the virtual school could be a great law.
But then again, during the same week in which Nodler wrote this column, the Nodler Leadership PAC filed its quarterly disclosure report with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Listed on that report was a $5,000 donation from K12, a McLean, Va.-based company which specializes in selling curriculum to...you guessed it, virtual schools.
As usual, it all comes back to money.