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More kids skip bus, fire up PC

Virtual schools, classrooms that are no more than a personal computer in a student’s home connected through the Internet to a teacher at a different site, have become one of the fastest-growing trends in U.S. education.

The proliferation of personal computers and the Internet is giving parents a whole different set of educational options never dreamed about a generation ago. But it isn’t coming without controversy.

Cyberschools such as Wisconsin Connections Academy, a K-8 virtual school based in Appleton, are popping up across the country and are organized as public charter schools, which means taxpayers pick up the bill for computers, software, printers, textbooks, Internet connections and teaching help, even though the kids may never set foot in a real school building. Read more…

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