Arizona to expand online course offerings

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PHOENIX -- Arizona has joined a national effort to get more students to take their courses online.

A new state law allows all of the state's 227 districts and 500 charter schools to offer online courses. Schools can create their own online courses or buy online courses from a commercial company.

For the past 10 years, a pilot program has allowed only 14 districts and charter schools to offer online courses to about 15,000 students from kindergarten through high school.

The Arizona Department of Education has created a catalog of courses already approved through the pilot project. State education officials will have to approve any new online course offerings.

The catalog will be available Monday to schools, students and parents on the department's Web site.

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