COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
April 30, 2010
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The General Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 738 and House Bill 1388 http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?101+ful+SB738ER2 authorizing the establishment of criteria for multidivision virtual school programs serving Virginia. A multidivision online provider may apply to school divisions and is defined in the law as:
"Multidivision online provider" means (i) a private or nonprofit organization that enters into a contract with a local school board to provide online courses or programs through that school board to students who reside in Virginia both within and outside the geographical boundaries of that school division; (ii) a private or nonprofit organization that enters into contracts with multiple local school boards to provide online courses or programs to students in grades K through 12 through those school boards; or (iii) a local school board that provides online courses or programs to students who reside in Virginia but outside the geographical boundaries of that school division. However, "multidivision online provider" shall not include (a) a local school board's online learning program in which fewer than 10 percent of the students enrolled reside outside the geographical boundaries of that school division; (b) multiple local school boards that establish joint online courses or programs in which fewer than 10 percent of the students enrolled reside outside the geographical boundaries of those school divisions; (c) local school boards that provide online learning courses or programs for their students through an arrangement with a public or private institution of higher education; or (d) local school boards providing online courses or programs through a private or nonprofit organization that has been approved as a multidivision online provider.
Attached is a brief survey related to this issue, which must be completed by each division, signed by the division superintendent, and returned by May 14, 2010, to
Questions should be directed to Dr. Tammy McGraw, director of educational technology, at (804) 225-4429 or via e-mail at Tammy.McGraw@doe.virginia.gov.