Contrary to popular belief, online education does not cost less than traditional schooling, according to virtual school leaders who revealed myths and barriers surrounding eLearning at a May 29 forum in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

The forum, called "Exploring Virtual Schools," was the first in a series of events to be hosted by ED's newly created Office of Innovation and Improvement, which oversees 25 discretionary grant programs and aims to help school administrators identify innovative strategies and overcome barriers to accomplishing the goals of the No Child Left Behind

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