Audit: Utah's online schools receive lax oversight
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new state audit finds that Utah schools have been lax in overseeing their online and distance-learning programs for K-12 students.
The audit from Utah's State Office of Education says school officials hire outside companies to lure students to such programs. But the officials have little to do with online students once parents sign them up.
The inspection finds that schools instead pass oversight of students' progress and attendance to those recruiting companies.
Leaders of the hired companies contend they provide important services. They say the current state rules regarding online education aren't clear.
Spanish Fork Republican Sen. Deidre Henderson says the students are "ghost students" and schools must be more accountable.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1kbuOJW ) about 2,550 students are currently enrolled in such programs.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com
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