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.
A version of this article appeared in the May 08, 2013 edition of Education Week as Phila. District Plans to Open Online School