AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The state Legislature has approved expanding the state's network of virtual courses online for public school students, allowing it to include more classes from private providers.
The House and Senate previously passed the proposal by Republican Rep. Ken King of Canadian. Both then approved on Sunday a version reconciled in conference committee.
Supporters say it increases educational opportunities for students, especially those in small school districts who will be able to take courses online that aren't offered in their areas.
Opponents, including teachers groups, worry the measure is really a voucher bill funneling public school funding to private interests because it allows for-profit companies to offer online courses.
But it contains limits on how many online courses students can take and districts would have to pay for.