Virtual Schools Face a Stumbling Block in N.J.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Some lawmakers are pushing for a one-year moratorium on virtual charter schools so this new brand of instruction can be researched.

The Assembly education committee advanced a bill last week to impose a moratorium and create a task force to study cyber-charters, which teach children mostly online instead of face-to-face. Critics of these schools urged the committee to block online charters for a year, saying providers were motivated by profits not educational concerns; they would do little to help children learn to socialize; and they would be difficult to monitor and might waste tax dollars.

Virtual charters would "enrich CEOs but fail students," said Darcie Cimarusti, a member of the Save Our Schools advocacy group.

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