Online charter schools in Ohio must have telephone lines and computer equipment hooked up in students' homes before school starts if they expect to count the students as enrolled. These are terms outlined under an overhaul of the state's charter school law signed by Gov. Bob Taft Jan. 7.

The change was made in response to concerns that arose the past two years when a few schools received state aid for students before making equipment available to them.

The law means online schools will have to invest in equipment beforehand...

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