Would You Send Your Children To An Online High School?

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As North Carolina gets closer to allowing online charter schools to open and start enrolling students, some parents and administrators have concerns. 

We want to know, would you send your children to an online charter high school where there weren't any physical classrooms?

From the Gaston Gazette article,

“I would like to see this piloted first, but I’m certainly in favor of anything that can improve our education in North Carolina,” he said. “My concern is that it’s actually being used properly, given the anonymity of being online.”  

Other community members are hesitant to endorse the virtual charter format.

Mark Fagala of Gastonia has two children enrolled in Gaston County Schools and one child enrolled in private school. He said brick-and-mortar education has helped his oldest son earn an engineering apprenticeship at 18 years old. He would not consider the online-only format as an option for his other kids.

“It’s a flat-out no,” he said. “Children need real interaction and they need discipline.”

E-learning is not new to the state. Gaston County students already have additional credit opportunities through the North Carolina Virtual Public School. But the individual courses are not offered full time as they would be in the virtual charter schools.

The nation’s largest for-profit online education company, K12 Inc. would manage N.C. Virtual Academy. N.C. Connections Academy would be managed by Connections Education.  

The State Board of Education will consider the committee’s recommendations in a meeting this month. Voting for final approval of the virtual charter schools is scheduled for February.

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