New law raises questions about school funding, seminary

Some Utahns are questioning why school districts continue to receive money for the time students spend in seminary, saying it’s causing problems for families hoping to enroll their kids in new online classes.

The State Office of Education, however, says districts are merely following the law, a point discussed with district superintendents Monday.

The issue has arisen as school districts work to help implement a law passed this year. Under that law, students in grades 9-12 are allowed to enroll in up to two online classes offered by school districts and charter schools other than their own. But they can’t add the online classes to an already full schedule — meaning some students must drop a class to take another one online.

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