Wisconsin lawmakers are locked in a largely partisan dispute over the future of online instruction in that state.

The Wisconsin General Assembly voted 53-44 on Feb. 28 to keep the state's online public schools open next fall. However, lawmakers continue to disagree over how many students should be allowed to enroll. If there's no deal in the next two weeks, the state's 12 virtual schools could shut down, because an appeals court has ordered that their state funds be cut off.

According to a ruling by the appeals court in December, virtual schools violate Wisconsin state laws on teacher licensing, open enrollment,...

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