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Half of online students leave, funding stays

Colorado taxpayers will spend $100 million this year on online schools that are largely failing their elementary and high school students, state education records and interviews with school officials show, reports Education News Colorado. The money includes millions in tax dollars that are going to K-12 online schools for students who are no longer there. The result: While online students fall further behind academically, their counterparts in the state’s traditional public schools are suffering too–because those schools must absorb former online students while the virtual schools and their parent companies get to keep the state funding…

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