South Dakota officials are now grappling with some of the same questions regarding the funding of virtual instruction that have challenged lawmakers in other states.

The demand for high school courses through the eLearning center at Northern State University (NSU) has some South Dakota legislators wondering if the program is growing too quickly. State lawmakers also question how long NSU can offer the courses without charge to high school students on a first-come, first served basis--effectively squeezing out competition from other virtual schooling programs.

The issues came up when


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