House Bill 1660 set to change state aid formula for online education students

OKLAHOMA CITY - A recent bill approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives Friday could alter the state formula for students enrolled in online or virtual education courses.

House Bill 1660 would multiply a school's enrollment as of Aug. 1 of that school year by a 1.333 weight. That formula would determine the initial state aid allocation for non-resident, transferred students enrolled in virtual education classes.

Students not residing in the school district would also not be allowed to enroll full-time in online education courses, beginning July 1, 2014, under the legislation.

State Rep. Lee Denney (R-Cushing), author of the bill said he believes "there are less costs for an online course and that needs to be factored appropriately into the allocations a school district receives."

Denney said the bill will provide the appropriate allocation for districts offering online courses and limits to whom they can provide online courses.

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