Virginia legislators adopted a law last year allowing private companies and school districts to run virtual school programs, but how to pay for those virtual schools remains a thorny issue.
A study released last month says Virginia should develop a different method of financing virtual schools, rather than using the existing model, in which funding goes to school districts.
In Virginia, state education aid system essentially assumes that students live in the districts where they go to school. But virtual schools allow a student to live in one place and, technically, attend school in another.
A version of this article appeared in the December 07, 2011 edition of Education Week as Funding a Problem for Va. Virtual Schools