Except in the occasional suburban tomato patch, Except in the occasional suburban tomato patch, nobody will be harvesting the crops in Fairfax County, Va., this summer. Even so, some 50 students in the highly regarded suburban Washington, D.C., school division will use education's time-honored, farming-inspired hiatus to reap the benefits of a web-based Algebra 1 class.

Beginning July 9, Northern Virginia's Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)—the twelfth largest district in the country—will enroll two classes

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