Arizona districts try to stem flow of funds to online schools

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Boulder Creek High School senior Joey Covert took his first online class at Primavera Online High School the summer before his sophomore year. The baseball player wanted to get his Spanish requirement out of the way so he could enroll in other classes he was more interested in during the school year.

“I wanted to try out new classes instead of having to sit in a desk every day having to come to Spanish,” said Covert, who is in the Deer Valley Unified School District.

Taking online classes during the summer is an easy and often free option for many West Valley students looking to make up credits or get ahead. But school districts are usually the ones left picking up the tab for the courses, which sometimes means losing out on millions in state funding when students head back to their respective home schools.

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