Course Access

The freedom to enroll in a variety of courses, inside and out of a child’s school.

In the same way that open enrollment policies allow students to enroll in schools other than those they are zoned to attend, course access policies allow students to enroll in courses other than those offered at their enrolled school. These courses can be offered online or in-person and, importantly, the child’s prorated or per-course funding follows them to the provider offering the course.

The role of the state can vary, but can include cataloging approved courses and providers in a common repository, establishing the rules by which students can enroll in courses, ensuring funding follows the child to their chosen course, and other roles. Courses and providers should be able to be approved by the state, districts, higher education, or some combination of all of these and more (with reciprocity granted so all options are available to all students regardless of their home location). Effort should be made to ensure that any existing course – be it online or in-person – should be open to all students.

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