Another school year, another series of controversies involving virtual schools: In Oregon, a virtual charter school that serves hundreds of students is in danger of losing its state funding, while in Wyoming, following a note of alarm sounded by State Superintendent Jim McBride over statewide mailings encouraging parents to enroll their children in a "Wyoming Virtual School," the Campbell County school board has decided not to open up its planned virtual school to students outside the county.

The controversies are just the latest in a complex area of education that continues to grow--challenging policy makers and


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