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Virtual Schools

The Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice has funded a series of reports on the status of virtual education in the U.S. These brief are written by recognized academic experts in each topic and include a summary of existing research available as well as policy recommendations. Included among these links are model legislation and a legislative brief to improve funding and regulating online schools.


The Realities of K-12 Virtual Education
Gene V. Glass, Arizona State University

April 2009

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Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S.: Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation
Gene V. Glass & Kevin Welner, University of Colorado Boulder

October 2011

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Model Legislation: Related to Online Learning Opportunities for Students in Public Elementary and Secondary Education Schools
Justin Bathon, University of Kentucky

October 2011

Policy Brief


Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2013: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence
Alex Molnar (Editor), University of Colorado Boulder; Gary Miron, Western Michigan University; Brian Horvitz, Western Michigan University; Charisse Gulosino, University of Memphis; Luis Huerta, Teacher College Columbia University; Jennifer King Rice, University of Maryland; Sheryl Rankin Shafer; and Larry Cuban, Stanford University

May 2013

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Financing Online Education and Virtual School: A Guide for Policymakers and Advocates
Bruce D. Baker, Rutgers University; and Justin Bathon, University of Kentucky

October 2013

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Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2014: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence
Alex Molnar (editor), University of Colorado Boulder; Gary Miron, Western Michigan University; Brian Horvitz, Western Michigan University; Charisse Gulosino, University of Memphis; Luis Huerta, Teacher College Columbia University; Jennifer King Rice, University of Maryland; Sheryl Rankin Shafer; and Michael K. Barbour, Sacred Heart University

March 2014

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Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2015: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence
Alex Molnar (editor), University of Colorado Boulder; Gary Miron, Western Michigan University; Charisse Gulosino, University of Memphis; Luis Huerta, Teacher College Columbia University; Sheryl Rankin Shafer; and Michael K. Barbour, Sacred Heart University

March 2015

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Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2016: Directory and Performance Review
Gary Miron, Western Michigan University; and Charisse Gulosino, University of Memphis

April 2016

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