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Public gets chance tomorrow to hear about virtual charter school proposals

Two virtual education companies will explain how they would offer a full-time schooling options to North Carolina children, in a meeting tomorrow at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

The Vitual Charter School Study External Working Groups will meet Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the seventh floor of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction building in downtown Raleigh. The meeting is open to the public, and you can listen in to a live audio stream here.

The state is facing a very real possibility of seeing online-based public schools open, with two applications pending for the 2015-16 school year where for-profit companies stand to collect taxpayer  money in exchange for teaching children over the Internet.

K12aRepresentatives from K12, Inc. and Connections Academy, two for-profit companies that would manage the taxpayer-funded schools, will talk about their products, and give demonstrations of the virtual classroom experience.

Wonder why this is a big deal?

Read my story from last week about K12, Inc. Connections Academy is another company run by education giant Pearson that hopes to tap into North Carolina’s public education funding.

I’ll be at the meeting as well, and you can follow me on Twitter at @SarahOvaska for live updates about the various presentations.

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