Published Online: May 7, 2013
Published in Print: May 8, 2013, as Phila. District Plans to Open Online School

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Philadelphia District Plans to Open Online School

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The Philadelphia school district, which has been plagued by budget woes and declining enrollment, has announced plans to open a virtual academy to lure students and families back to the system.

The goal is to make the Philadelphia Virtual Academy the "preferred choice for parents and students who want a quality online education," Superintendent William Hite said in a statement.

The school would serve students in grades 6-12 and open next academic year, Mr. Hite said.

The 138,000-student district would run the academy through a partnership with the Chester County Intermediate Unit, a regional education agency.

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