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(RNS) Since Florida became the first state to try them in 1996, virtual public schools have enjoyed dramatic growth, at least some of it coming from religious families. Like home-schooling parents, parents of virtual public school students like having their children home so they can integrate religion and values into the school day. By Omar Sacirbey.

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  1. My opinion is that virtual schools are going to help the existing education system in a big way. Attending virtual classes ( http://www.wiziq.com/Virtual_Classroom.aspx ) is as good as brick and mortar classes but better in the sense that it saves time and money and extremely flexible. I am an online tutor (Physics ) and tutoring children from all over the world has been a happy experience so far.

  2. In some ways I can see the advantage to this and here in Mass. I hear they want to start this but they want it for the kids that don’t want to go do any school at all they just drop out and hang on the street corners in gangs. I can’t see spending the money for these kids to coax them them a different way. If they drop out or have removed from school because of disiplinary problems have them change their attitude toward athaurity and don’t make the system addept to them make them addept.

  1. […] 'Virtual' public schools draw interest of religious families “You can't give your kids an effective moral and religious upbringing if you only see them a couple of hours a day,” said Brown, a Catholic whose daughters, now in the 10th and 12th grade, started virtual school in the second and fourth grade. “When … Read more on Religion News Service […]

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