Cyber schools fill a niche but opposition is mounting

Cyber charter schools, like the charter schools made of bricks and mortar, are government-funded and operate independent of most state and local education rules. The difference is that rather than trekking to another building, students at cyber charter schools stay at home and connect to their lessons and teachers through their computers.

Combining the flexibility of home schooling with the structure of public schools, the cyber charters are fast becoming a popular option for gifted and disabled students who need special attention. And increasingly, they are filling a market niche for parents who want to home-school their children but lack the expertise to teach or the money for materials, equipment and textbooks. Read more…

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