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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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As Vice President for Research, Dr. Stoops oversees the research team’s writing and analysis across the spectrum of public policy issues. He specializes in pre-K-12 education. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the program assistant for the Child… ...

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