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Friday, February 18, 2011 - 12:14pm

State Approves Expanded Online Education

Georgia high school students who want to attend classes online now have more options. On Thursday the Georgia Charter Schools Commission voted to expand the Georgia Cyber Academy.

Right now the Academy serves 6,500 full-time students in grades K through 9. The expansion to 12th grade will take place over the next three years. Mark Peavy is the Executive Director of the Commission.

“Part of that expansion will be an expansion of the offerings that they have for 9th grade students and then they’re expanding into tenth grade next year and will build the 11th and 12th grade pieces as they move down the road.”

Peavy says the state also voted to increase funding for the school from $3,400 to $5,800 a year. The academy is one of four online schools students will have to choose from in the fall. Right now there are
1,000 kids on a waiting list to attend Georgia Cyber Academy.

School officials say they plan to add to their staff of 150 certified teachers.