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October 28, 2016

Special Ed. Policies for Online Schools are Inconsistent, Unclear, Says Report

State and local policies around serving special-education students in virtual schools are highly inconsistent-and in many cases it's largely unknown whether the online programs are complying with federal disabilities law, a new report finds.

September 28, 2016

Audit Finds Ohio Online Charter Inflated Attendance, School Could Owe Millions

Attendance and login records show that Ohio's Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow was paid for 9,000 students more than it should have been, according to a state audit.

September 12, 2016

It Was an Eventful Summer for School Choice

From the 25th anniversary of the first charter school law, to major civil rights groups calling for a moratorium on charters, it's been a busy summer for school choice.

August 15, 2016

Ed. Department: Online Schools Must Follow Special Education Rules

States and districts that run virtual schools should ensure those schools follow mandates around such issues as testing and student identification, says a "Dear Colleague" letter from the U.S. Department of Education.

August 11, 2016

Ohio Must Rethink How Online Charter Schools Are Funded, Says State's Auditor

Ohio auditor Dave Yost, a Republican, says that virtual schools should be compensated based on what their students learn.

August 02, 2016

Online Charter Schools: Fast Growth But Spotty Performance in Ohio

Full-time virtual charter school students in Ohio perform worse academically than their peers enrolled in traditional district schools, according to a study commissioned by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

July 12, 2016

Ohio's Largest Online Charter School Tries to Block Audit, Judge Says No

The 15,000-student Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow warned it may be forced to close if its funding is adjusted to reflect actual student login times.

July 11, 2016

Virtual Charter School Operator Reaches Settlement with Calif. Attorney General

K12 Inc. reached a settlement agreement with California's state attorney general, who alleged the company misled parents about the academic record of charter schools it manages.

June 16, 2016

Charter Advocacy Groups Want Higher Standards for Online-Only Schools

A new report outlines the challenges facing the online-only schools and offers recommendations to hold their authorizers accountable for student performance and financial decisions.

May 09, 2016

Study: Charter, Alternative, and Virtual Schools Disproportionately Contribute to Low Grad Rates

The seventh annual "Grad Nation" report finds that nontraditional high schools contribute disproportionately to the picture of low graduation rates, and calls for greater attention to these schools, especially since they serve large shares of vulnerable students.

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