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.