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Montana Digital Academy makes online classes available for free to high schoolers

This fall, Montana high school students will be able to take free, online classes for credit from the Montana Digital Academy, an online school coordinated by the University of Montana.

Montana Digital AcademyThe MTDA was created by the 2009 Montana Legislature in 2009 — originally called the “Montana Virtual Academy.” It aims to provide Montana students with “equitable access to high-quality, innovative, online instruction.”

At first, the digital academy will only offer courses for high school students, but it plans to offer K-12 classes in the future. That future depends on the legislature’s willingness to continue funding the academy at a cost of $3 million per year. As it stands, Funding for the project will end with the 2011 academic year.

The Chronicle’s Gail Schontzler has a story about the MTDA here, focused on how it applies to Bozeman students.