Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 26 March 2007, Virtual schools need equitable funding
The report found that costs for virtual schools range from about $7,200 to about $8,300 per FTE (full-time equivalent), and added, “full-time programs can be more expensive than those serving students on a supplemental basis because these schools are typically responsible for special needs students and for adhering to state and federal accountability requirements including granting credits, testing students, making AYP (adequate yearly progress), etc.”
A second concern the newspaper raised was the issue of “public financing of home-school students.” Once a child enrolls in one of the two public virtual schools, the child is a public school student; they are no longer private home-schoolers. The student will be held to the exact same academic and attendance requirements as any other public school student. They must participate in state tests and will be accountable to their teacher and the school.
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