A proposed new Philadelphia charter school promises to drastically cut down on maintenance expenses, if approved: The school will not require a building at all.

A group of veteran teachers and administrators have developed a plan for a new charter school that would offer all its courses online. High schoolers at the Contact Charter School would be able to log onto the school web site to get assignments, ask questions via eMail, and submit homework assignments electronically. Classes would consist of chat rooms with access restricted to class members.

The charter school would lease computers, complete...

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