Virtual high schools, in which students complete courses over the internet without ever meeting the teacher or stepping inside a building, are cropping up all across the country. Despite the increasing popularity of these cyber-schools, skeptics caution that their success so far is merely anecdotal.

From Florida, to Kentucky, to Alaska, the number of states and districts operating web-based public schools is increasing.

"Michigan is looking at it, Illinois is looking at it, New Mexico—it's happening all over the country," said Justin McMorrow, general manager of K-12 education at, a company that has helped


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