The San Mateo County, Calif., Civil Grand Jury has urged local school districts to take more advantage of online programs to expand instruction in math, science, foreign languages, and other areas, the Palo Alto Daily News reports. "Online and virtual classroom learning may be cost-effective methods for enhancing and expanding the educational system," the grand jury’s report said. "The limited number of teachers and the excellent online and virtual classroom programs now available [demand] that new methods and tools for teaching be utilized." Because online services allow districts to use instructors and resources from any location, the grand jury encouraged schools to tap virtual programs as a way to address local shortages of teachers—especially those qualified in math, science, and foreign languages. Studies suggest that once initial expenses are covered, developing online courses will cost less than building new classrooms, the jury’s report also said…

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