Supporters Hope 'Virtual School' Meets Student Needs

March 12, 2006 - Posted at 12:25 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Going to school for some Missouri

children could soon be as simple as logging on to a home computer.

Missouri lawmakers are looking to join twenty-three states that

have created so-called ``virtual schools.''

That option lets students complete coursework at home at their

own pace, but still have regular interaction with a teacher over

the Internet or through video conferencing.

The programs are often aimed at homeschool students, children in

rural or gifted programs looking for added academic challenges or

kids needing extra tutoring for a class.

Legislators would require the state Board of Education to create

a virtual school by July 2007 with room for 500 students. More

could be added in the future.

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