The team at Evergreen Education Group that produces the annual Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning has a new blog post that compiles all of the state legislative activity in support of online learning 2010 and 2011. In total, they found 16 states that enacted major legislation in support of online learning.
The quote at the bottom of the post says it all:
This is a large number of bills, many of which had a significant impact on a large number of students. We are concerned that in some states the legislation is reactionary, and pieced together quickly in response to misinformation or a lack of information. That is not the case in all states, and we certainly see examples of legislation modeled on existing policy or that is thoughtfully developed in response to a specific state’s situation, that will have a positive impact on students.