Do online schools benefit their target audiences?

Here’s an excerpt from a December 12, 2011, article by Stephanie Saul in the New York Times.  It offers a different perspective about online, for-profit K-12 schools. No doubt there will be many more investigations into the nature, motives and effectiveness of this segment of the education industry, however Saul’s article offers food for thought.  Below is an excerpt.  Check out the whole story.

“The New York Times has spent several months examining this idea, focusing on K12 Inc. A look at the company’s operations, based on interviews and a review of school finances and performance records, raises serious questions about whether K12 schools — and full-time online schools in general — benefit children or taxpayers, particularly as state education budgets are being slashed.”

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