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Good Classroom ‘Disruption’: Use the Internet to expand educational options in rural school districts

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Key Facts:

• North Carolina has the infrastructure to expand online course offerings significantly. An average of 99 percent of North Carolina classrooms in rural districts have an Internet connection.  Moreover, there is a statewide average of 2.43 students per Internet-connected computer.

• While statistical tests would need to confirm a causal relationship, districts that enroll few students in online courses generally have a higher per-pupil expenditure than those that enroll a higher number of virtual school students.

• This report offers several recommendations, including:
— Introduce virtual charter schools
— Expand online course offerings from private and for-profit companies, community colleges, and universities
— Develop off-site high school campuses.

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Dr. Stoops is the director of the Center for Effective Education. Before joining the Locke Foundation in 2005, he worked as the program assistant for the Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. He… ...

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