– Legislation authored by Rep. Dave Zimmerman (R-Lancaster) to permit the licensure of online schools passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 195-2.
The measure, House Bill 139
, permits the licensure of online schools in order that they may issue the same Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved diplomas as other state accredited high schools.
“I strongly support expanding and improving educational opportunities for all our children,” Zimmerman said. “The progression of technology has made access to excellent online instruction increasingly prevalent, and we should update our state laws to allow Pennsylvanians the option of some of the excellent online education opportunities now available.”
During committee consideration of the measure, Zimmerman explained to colleagues that his bill would not require a dime of taxpayer money, and in no way would interfere with existing brick and mortar schools.
House Bill 139 received speedy consideration and unanimous approval by the House Education Committee at its Jan. 28 meeting. The measure now heads to the Senate for further action.
Representative Dave Zimmerman
99th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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