When Ohio started removing science and social studies from its elementary school curriculum, Patty Elwell took action. Rather than opting for a private school or home school, however, Elwell in 2004 became one of the first parents to enroll her kids in an online public school. ?In spite of everyone?s best efforts the local school couldn?t meet their academic needs,? says Elwell, a former full-time teacher in southwest Ohio who has a son in 12th grade and a daughter in ninth. ?My only regret was I didn?t do it sooner."