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NC students increasingly turn to virtual schools, but issues remain

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NC students increasingly turn to virtual schools, but issues remain


A $20,000 REWARD HAS BEEN OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST AND CONVICTION. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS IN NORTH CAROLINA ARE GETTING OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AND TURNING TO ONLINE CLASSES. OUR VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOL IS THE SECOND ONLINE SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY. DAVID HEARST DUG INTO THE NUMBERS AND HAS A LOOK AHEAD AT THE SPECIAL REPORT. YOU THINK ONLINE LEARNING IS CRITICAL, IMPORTANT AND THERE IS A GOOD PLACE FOR IT. Reporter: IN NORTH CAROLINA, MORE THAN 36,000 STUDENTS WERE EVEN VOLED IN VIRTUAL — ENROLLED IN VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS LAST YEAR. NORTH CAROLINA WAS THE FIRST — ONE OF THE FIRST STATES TO HAVE A VIRTUAL SCHOOL. Reporter: SHE HELPED OVERSEE IT DURING HER TENURE. SHE SAID IT GIVES STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE COURSES NOT OFFERED AT THEIR SCHOOL. I BELIEVE IT’S IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE OPTIONS AND HAVE CHOICES INCLUDING ONLINE EDUCATION. Reporter: FOR THE SCANLON FAMILY, THE SYSTEM PROVIDED A NEW WAY FOR THEIR FIVE CHILDREN TO LEARN. THEIR 16-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER ENROLLED IN AN AP U.S. HISTORY CLASS AFTER HER SCHOOL DID NOT OFFER THE OPTION. SHE FOUND ISSUES WITH THE COURSE.

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