While online schools in several states have recently been touched by controversy, Stanford’s virtual Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) has stayed “out of the fray” according to deputy director Raymond Ravaglia.

The growth of virtual K-12 schools nationally has ignited a debate over whether state tax dollars should pay for pupils who elect to attend such schools. Virtual schools have considerably lower overhead costs than their traditional counterparts, with no building construction or maintenance costs to speak of, and fewer staff per pupil. Yet online providers receive just as much funding per student as a traditional school does despite...

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