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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:39am

Virtual Schools Expanding In Georgia

Georgia’s two virtual public schools are adding grade levels and increasing enrollment. Georgia Connections Academy is also kicking off the first of 16 statewide recruitment events in Macon.

In the fall Georgia Connection’s Academy is increasing enrollment from 900 to 2,000 by adding high school to its online-only curriculum. Last May, plans to have grades 9-12 stalled when the courts ruled the state charter school commission unconstitutional.

But GCA Principal Heather Robinson says they’re hopeful voters will amend the Georgia constitution in November giving the state the right to bypass local school boards to create charter schools and subsequently increase funding.

“We did have to cut grades 9-12 in the first year. We also had to cut our technology supply system. So, we usually would send computers to families and potentially could offer an internet subsidy and we were not able to do that.”

This fall Georgia’s other virtual charter school, Georgia Cyber Academy, is expanding to 11th grade