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Saturday, June 13, 2009

SRO encourages use of video conferencing instead of home instruction

SRO 09-054: This case is interesting in good part because of a footnote in which SRO Paul Kelly states:

I note that the use of videoconferencing between the school and the student's home may enhance the student's academic program, eliminate the need for the district to maintain home instructors for the student in each
academic content area, and allow the student and his classmates to share a common learning environment. Therefore, I encourage the district to consider providing this form of assistive technology to the student when
the CSE next convenes.

This footnote could be of significance in future home schooling cases as it appears to embrace modern technology in a way that could result in a win/win situation for students and school districts.