(DES MOINES) CAM Superintendent Steve Pelzer is standing by a decision to offer full-time students the chance to do all their schooling online.
“The partnership allows the CAM District to expand and enhance options for our students in areas we currently cannot afford to do. Our District will be able to offer electives that seem unthinkable for most small schools in future years,” said Steve Pelzer. “This was the driving force behind our board’s decision to pursue the partnership.”
Pelzer says bullied, handicapped or gifted students could benefit from the new on-line schooling.
But, Burlington Democrat Tom Courtney says he has concerns about potentially “millions of dollars” in Iowa taxpayer money that could be sent to businesses outside of Iowa.
“We have no idea who is on the boards, who is running, what’s going on with those companies,” said Tom Courtney. “I want to find out what is going on.”
Senator Courtney says he expects his committee to invite officials of the National Virtual Schools to meet with them “in real life.”
Iowa Radio Network