Empowering private “Learn Everywhere” groups to grant academic credit leading to high school graduation is the over-the-top priority for the governor and the commissioner. It would be an education revolution bigger than vouchers.
But Learn Everywhere as currently proposed would be just the first shot in what would become a long running battle. Return fire will come from the school districts, where the ultimate control of high school diplomas actually lies. They have lots of options. They could increase the requirements for diplomas that include Learn Everywhere credits. Or create special lower value diplomas to carry Learn Everywhere credits that don’t meet their standards. Or..or…or…
Maybe in response, the governor seeks legislation increasing his power over diplomas. And the districts respond again in some other way.
The governor and commissioner do not appear to realize what they have waded into. They should call the battle off, sit down with their school leadership and figure out a better way to reach more students with credible extended learning opportunities.