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Study raises questions about virtual schools


As an increasing number of cash-strapped states turn to virtual schools—where computers replace classmates and students learn via the internet—a new study is raising questions about their quality and oversight, the Washington Post reports. In research to be released Tuesday, scholars Kevin G. Welner and Gene V. Glass at the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado assert that full-time virtual schools are largely unregulated. Once used by home-schoolers, child actors and others in need of a flexible way to learn outside a classroom, virtual schools have grown in popularity in the past several years. Cyber-schools generally operate as charters, outside the traditional system but funded with taxpayer dollars…

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