Lawrence Educators Ready To Run Virtual School

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Lawrence School District officials hope using its own employees to teach students of a virtual school will boost a graduation rate so low that the district took over the program.

Lawrence Virtual High School was run by a private company, K12 Inc., until the school posted a 26.3 percent graduation rate last semester and was taken over by the Lawrence district.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the move comes as district officials begin to question the effectiveness of virtual schools generally. The future of the Lawrence program will depend on how much improvement can be made in academic performance.

The virtual school has about 15 instructors, all of whom are K12 Inc. employees. Next year the district will use its own teachers but plans to continue using K12 Inc.'s curriculum.