The Alabama ACCESS Distance Learning Initiative was launched on November 1, 2004, with initial funding of $10.3 million on October 1, 2005. The Distance Learning Initiative was the culmination of research and planning by Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Distance Learning. The central vision of the Task Force was to provide equal access to high quality instruction to improve student achievement through distance learning opportunities.
Implementation of the Alabama ACCESS Distance Learning Plan is providing greater equity for all Alabama public high school students through access to distance learning technology and to a wide range of courses unavailable to many Alabama students today. For example, if a student anywhere in the state want to take Chinese and a Chinese language teacher exists, technology will allow the student to take the course regardless of location. Through the ACCESS Distance Learning Program, Alabama public high school students will have access to a wide array of course options not available in any one school.
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