- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming school officials are struggling to solve problems vexing the state’s distance education programs.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1IgRELT ) that the 14-member Distance Education Task Force gathered Wednesday and Thursday at Casper College with the goal of crafting a solution to present to lawmakers during the next legislative session.

Brent Bacon, the state’s chief academic officer, said the purpose of the meeting was to define distance education and pull it apart from some of the terms it’s commonly confused with such as “blended learning.”

Some of the issues with distance education stem from the current set-up, which establishes distance programs as programs within school districts instead of separate schools.

Currently, the state has three full-time programs that collectively teach some 1,000 students.

The committee meets again online July 23.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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