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Grand Rapids Public Schools plan to put core classes online for high school students draws concerns By Kym Reinstadler | The Grand Rapids Press March 20, 2010, 9:48PM GRAND RAPIDS — Electa McCurdy sees the potential in Internet courses for Grand Rapids high school students, but that doesn’t mean the mother of two teenagers is convinced a proposal from district administrators to put more core classes online will work. “I really see value in teaching electives like psychology and sociology online, but not core content classes,” said McCurdy, whose daughters are at Creston. “Think of it. Trying to learn complex subjects like algebra and chemistry on the computer? “I don’t think this is going to work for a lot of kids.” That concern is shared by some students and educators, but district officials contend the efficiency will offer a cost incentive to the cash-strapped 19,000-student system. District officials, who hosted a Saturday summit at Ottawa Hills High School to familiarize people with the program, say students will be given a first-rate education.
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