High school students across the state are being blocked, at least temporarily, from attending the North Carolina Virtual Public School in the spring because of a likely $3 million funding shortfall, the News & Observer reports. State education officials say the funding shortfall is caused by explosive enrollment. The virtual school's $20 million budget is divided among school systems based on their previous enrollment in the program. The solution will require school systems to decide whether they want to tap into already strained local budgets to pay for students to take courses online. "It's safe to say that there are...

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