Full-online public schools have become a draw for about 1 percent of South Sound students and their families. The schools, run by private companies, allow students to take on subjects at their own pace and provide instructors to teach subjects to students who previously were home-schooled....only underscores a point I made a year and half ago.
The programs are free to families with a computer and Internet access. Some programs even provide the computer — because the online schools have been funded at the same per-student rate as traditional brick-and-mortar schools since 2005....
In Olympia, 43 students transferred to other districts for online schools — about one-half of 1 percent. The district's own online school, iConnect, enrolled 70 students from Olympia and elsewhere, said district spokesman Peter Rex.
The North Thurston and Tumwater districts both have online classes at their high schools, but neither operates a full-time online school.
Two years ago, Olympia started a fully online school program, called iConnect Academy, out of the Olympia Regional Learning Academy.
Traditional brick-and-mortar schooling isn't yet out of style, but it's getting pushed further and further into the back of the closet.As the state gets ready to cut billions from its budget, look for online education to get another boost.