With thousands of students now enrolled in four online charter schools in Ohio, state officials say there is a "huge spike" this year in the number of Ohio districts that have expressed interest in starting their own digital charter schools.

At least 192 organizations have told the state of their interest in applying for startup funds for charter schools, most of them school districts, according to state Department of Education records.

At least 63 of these are districts proposing a "digital academy," such as the possible Danville Digital Academy in central Ohio, the


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