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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Virtual charter schools' success gets applause by Ron Barnett

From a laptop computer inside a walk-in closet at his home off North Pleasantburg Drive, Elvis Alivodaj is transmitting mathematical knowledge to middle school students across South Carolina.

This is one of the many unmarked outposts of the South Carolina Virtual Charter School, the largest of three online charter schools that went into operation in the state this fall.
The new schools, coupled with a statewide online program in the regular public schools, have put South Carolina in the forefront of a national explosion of Web-based education, according to a report released this week called
“Keeping Pace with k-12 Online Learning.”
“South Carolina went from zero to 60 in a really short amount of time,” said Mickey Revenaugh, one of the editors of the study and vice president of Connections Academy, one of the new virtual schools in the state.
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