(from EdSurge) Big school systems such as Los Angeles, Houston and Las Vegas, as well as mid-sized and small districts are keeping their virtual learning programs in place post-pandemic. They want neither the students they serve, nor the dollars that follow them, to disappear. Other high-profile districts and states — New York City, New Jersey, California, Illinois and Massachusetts among them — have swung in the other direction, seeking to severely restrict the number and types of families who can access remote learning this fall. Interested students include those that work jobs and care for siblings, those with medical conditions and families of color, who feel that the old way of schooling does not serve them well. The public schools launching these programs are competing with for-profit private virtual schools that have attracted higher enrollments in recent years.
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