Fraud Persists, although regulators Are Catching Up to Virtual Charter School Growth

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Programs and charter schools have continued to grow in secondary education. While 133,000 analyzed in a blended program, in the 2017-18 school year under 300,000 students were enrolled in programs. While the business long enjoyed oversight and public focus than brick-and-mortar counterparts, that has started to shift in the previous couple of decades. But despite the increased regulation, cases of fraud have risen from the sector. In December, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) released a rundown of state laws passed between 2017 and 2019 relating to virtual charter schools. (ECS is a non-partisan federally-mandated group that tracks education policy at the state level.) According to the report 106 bills were introduced in 36 state capitols in the previous 3 decades. Of these, 45 were enacted.

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