Pamela Bless thought she had found an exciting alternative to traditional instruction when she enrolled her three children in a new online charter school slated to open this fall.

Instead, she's wondering where her 13-year-old triplets will end up after the Indiana General Assembly decided not to fund the schools.

"My kids were as or more disappointed than I was," said Bless, of Greenwood, Ind. "They feel that it's a statement that children are not important to officials in state government."

Ball State University had proposed opening two virtual charter schools--the Indiana Virtual Charter School and Indiana Connections Academy--this fall, with a


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