The Columbus, Ohio, city school district will develop an online high school in an effort to retain hundreds of students and millions in state funding the district expects otherwise to lose to charter schools next year, school officials said.

Columbus Public Schools officials say the district's new school would mirror the services of internet-based charter schools, which reportedly have drawn more than 1,000 students away from the city's public schools already.

At least 16 online charter schools operated in Ohio this past year, enrolling 22 percent of the


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