Virtual Schools in Jeopardy
Edspresso links to this op-ed about the virtual school controversy in Oregon. It describes how Oregon restricts virtual school attendance for students outside of specific districts — a policy that can have no other purpose than to hinder online schools’ growth, because, by their very nature, the schools could serve far-away students just as well as they serve nearby students. Virtual school opponents are now pushing for an enrollment freeze.
If these tactics work in Oregon, I predict that unions in other states will lobby for similar restrictions on virtual schools. The price of lasting education reform is eternal vigilance!