Public schools learn to compete

In Wisconsin, school districts are offering home study programs using online curricula. It’s a money-maker.

WIVA, a partnership between the small, rural Northern Ozaukee School District and K12, a for-profit education company headed by former national education czar Bill Bennett, opened for business this fall. It is one of at least six Wisconsin cyber schools that offer online learning for students whose needs can’t be met in traditional classrooms.

Of course, the teachers’ union thinks that cyber-students don’t get enough time with a certified teacher, as opposed to a parent.

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