Proponents of online learning have a new champion. The North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL)--organized by administrators and operators of some of North America's leading virtual schools and online-learning programs--is up and running in Washington, D.C.

Timothy K. Stroud--a former Fairfax County, Va., high school teacher, education issues adviser for the American Federation of Teachers, and special assistant to Clinton Administration Education Secretary Richard Riley--assumed command of NACOL in September. The organization is underwritten by grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


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