A Virtual Circus in WI, And Nationally?

In a much watched case a Wisconsin court has ruled that a virtual school there does not violate various parts of the state code. Slightly different cut at the Florida uniformity issue. The ruling seems to make sense and it’s important to get the policy around these virtual schools right. But it’s my sense that these virtual schools consume a disproportionate amount attention relative to their market share now and their market share in the foreseeable future. Right now there are about 80-something nationwide according to NAPCS (and more than 40 of those are in one state — Ohio). That’s about two percent of the entire charter school market and not even a blip on the overall public school market. Seems to me they’re an option that can work well for some kids but that overall will have limited appeal.

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