[LINK] colorado online schools

Jan Whitaker jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Fri Feb 24 16:16:49 AEDT 2012

DENVER - The State Capitol was packed Thursday with parents, students 
and teachers all there to show their support for online public education.

More than 1,000 people came out in the snow and cold to gather for 
the 8th annual Cyberschools Day at the Capitol.

Over the past decade, online public schools have seen a significant 
increase in enrollment.

For the 2002-2003 school year, nearly 2,000 students in Colorado were 
getting their education online. In the 2010-2011 school year, more 
than 15,000 local students were enrolled in online schools. [Total 
population: just over 5million, around 18% are school age, or around 
900,000 - so around 1.6% are in online - not much by those figures]

"You don't see people as often, it takes some trying to see your 
friends, but other than that it's pretty much the same as normal 
school," John Harhai, a senior at Colorado Connections Academy, said. 
"You do work, you've got to manager your time, so it's not all that 

Colorado's online school students are taught by licensed local 
teachers. The state has 22 multi-district online schools and 12 
single district programs.
[34 'schools' - 15,000 across them = average 440/program. Not sure 
how that can be sustainable. It's certainly not efficient. What am I 
missing you guys who work in school education?]

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