Defense Authorization Bill Clears Senate: Changes Enlistment Policies for Online Charter School Graduates

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December 8, 2011 CCSA advocates for charter schools at both the state and federal level, working with the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). In our recent outreach to Congress on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we stressed the importance of virtual learning and urged Congress to recognize the next wave of educational delivery methods. As technology rapidly changes and expands, so do models of educational delivery. Online learning is no longer a small pilot program; thousands of students are learning via this model each year. CCSA encourages federal law that recognizes online education and treats it equally with other forms of educational delivery.

Currently, graduates of online public schools that graduate with a high school diploma and fulfill all the same graduation requirements as graduates from a brick-and-mortar are considered Tier II candidates or candidates with a GED for the purposes of military recruitment and enlistment policies. NAPCS has been working on this issue, and recently announced that the FY 2012 Defense Authorization Bill (S. 1867) "updates the military recruitment and enlistment policies to provide parity for online public school graduates."

Visit the NAPCS website to read more about the Defense Authorization Bill.