Bill would permit virtual charter schools in state

K12 – the nation’s largest operator of full-time online schools – wants lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 2294, the “Mississippi Digital Learning Now Act,” which would enable a virtual charter school like K12 to operate in Mississippi.

The push for new charter schools, online and otherwise, is taking place across the nation, even as communities and states are coming up millions short in funding public schools.

Mississippi lawmakers could begin debating charter schools as early as this week.

Proponents of virtual charter schools say they enable students to work at their own pace and take courses unavailable otherwise. “The ability to deliver an option for students, regardless of where live, is empowering,” said Jeff Kwitowski, spokesman for K12.

Clarion Ledger
2/12/12