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Excerpt from Sheila Riley's article.
For kids who can't or don't want to be in traditional public school classrooms, cyberspace is an alternative — and it's free.
Online public K-12 programs are increasing, says Bill Tucker, managing director of Education Sector, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit education policy think tank.
"It's definitely growing very quickly," Tucker said. "We're seeing more students accessing online courses, and more school districts and states offering them."
Programs can be part time or full time. They can be fully online or "blended," a combination of online and face-to-face. And there's everything in-between, Tucker says.
Ten-year-old Adam Bohanon-Mullett's parents are happy with their decision to educate him and his two sisters through the California Virtual Academies.
The Hesperia, Calif., fifth-grader, who has muscular dystrophy, has been in the online program since kindergarten. He loves it, says his mother, Sandy Bohanon-Mullett.
Adam spends about two hours a day online doing schoolwork and three to four hours offline working on daily assignments and projects.
The flexibility lets him fit in another commitment — he's Inland Empire Goodwill Ambassador for the national Muscular Dystrophy Association.
That entails attending fundraising events where, says his mother, he puts a face to the disease. He'll appear on Sunday's annual MDA telethon...