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Florida Governor Signs Massive Open Online Courses Bill

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On June 27, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) signed H.B. 7029 into law. The law allows massive open online courses (MOOCs), under certain conditions, to be used to help teach K-12 students in four subjects: algebra I, geometry, biology, and civics. Additionally, beginning in the 2015-16 school year, the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors must adopt rules that enable students to earn academic credit for online courses, including MOOCs, prior to enrollment at a postsecondary institution. The rules must include procedures for credential evaluation and the award of credit, including but not limited to: recommendations for credit by the American Council on Education; equivalency and alignment of coursework with appropriate courses; course descriptions; type and amount of credit that may be awarded; and transfer of credit.