Few teachers, parents, or students would disagree with the observation that technology has had a profound impact on the education of individuals at all levels. Distance learning, where students and their instructors can be separated by thousands of miles, is only one example. Virtual schools are another.

A virtual school is a school that provides identical content to the traditional school building but is not constrained by a physical plant or structure. Virtual schools operate electronically, providing curricula, opportunities for parent involvement, and other essential services to individuals (mostly school-age children) at home because they are being homeschooled or at home because they cannot attend school for medical or legal reasons.

In effect, virtual schools have opened up the opportunity to millions of students to pursue public ...

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