Yesterday, the Georgia Charter Schools Commission voted to approve four new charter schools, including one virtual K-12 campus, and increase per pupil funding for virtual students from $3,400 to $5,800, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
The new virtual school will be Georgia Connections Academy. The state already has three other virtual charter schools: Georgia Cyber Academy, which currently serves students in grades K-9 and will be up for a vote to include grades 10, 11, and 12 in January, and two other virtual schools that have already been approved by the commission but said they could not operate on the funds previously provided. With the increase of per-pupil funding, both virtual schools are expected to return to the state.
Georgia educators hope that this decision will bring the state to the forefront as a leader in virtual education.
“What we just did is to bring Georgia’s educational system into the 21st century,” Ben Scafidi, chairman of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, told the AJC. “Come this fall Georgia will be a national leader in virtual education.”
A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.