In an announcement made by Chancellor Eric D Fingerhut, from Ohio Board of Regents, about launch of OhioLearns! Gateway, a new initiative called for by Gov. Ted Strickland and the Ohio General Assembly. It gives all Ohio high school students access to online courses. This initiative is an addition to the existing OhioLearns! program, which has provided higher education distance learning courses and degree programs for public and private colleges and universities for more than 10 years.
The students can avail navigation of the online course catalog and select from 40 approved courses, linking them to a variety of course providers and web-based courses. The courses will assist school districts across Ohio to differentiate educational offerings and meet the various needs of their students. Additionally, Ohio public school students are eligible to apply for a fee waiver provided through funding appropriated by the Ohio General Assembly to the eTech Ohio Commission, a partner state agency dedicated to enhancing learning through educational technology.