school budgets

Summer school goes online

July 27, 2010: 12:53 PM ET

With education budgets under fire, school districts are turning to e-learning to help little Johnny graduate on time.

By Scott Olster, associate editor

School has truly been out for the summer this year, as thanks to budget woes, many districts across the country have been forced to cut their summer school programs down to the bare minimum, or cancel them altogether.

One educator from Floyds Knobs, Indiana told Fortune that $6.Virtual School5 million had been cut from his school district's general fund. But public schools have an obligation to keep kids on track, leading to an allegedly cheaper kind of education: virtual summer school.

After an 80% summer-school budget cut, 320 Floyds Knobs summer school students will be clicking their way through subjects like algebra, history, and chemistry using an educational software program called the Stars Suite.

Floyds Knobs has accepted summer school students from nearby Langsville, Salem, and Greater Clark, all of which have had to cut summer school altogether for budgetary reasons.

"They don't want to spend the money at all," says Louie Jensen, the principal of Floyd Central High School. These schools are not alone. More

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