The Associated Press

New Mass. Law Paves The Way For ‘Virtual Schools’

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill paving the way for virtual schools in Massachusetts.

The new law gives preference to virtual schools that reach out to special groups of students, including students with physical disabilities, students who have been expelled or dropped out, students who are pregnant and students who feel bullied.

Under the law no more than 10 virtual schools will be allowed to operate in Massachusetts at any time and no more than 2 percent of students enrolled statewide can be enrolled full-time in virtual schools.

Private and parochial schools and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply to open a virtual school.

Other groups of students targeted by the schools could include gifted and talented students, students seeking academic work not available in their school and students in rural communities.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    I predicted this a while ago. The school systems and voters will relise how much cheaper and easier it is to keep the kids at home with an IPAD app instead of spending money on busses and buildings and heat and janitors and teachers and the biggest waste in education, the administration. Not to mention its much safer and can be easily customised or “differentiated” in education speak for each students needs. The companies can put their bids into the school boards it will save billions and deliver a superior product.

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