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Published: Friday, 28 September 2012
Portland in Maine

The Portland Press Herald, a daily broadsheet with a circulation of about 50,000 and serving the largest and principal commercial city in the state of Maine recently published a highly controversial report on motives behind publicly funded virtual schools in the state claiming that Maine's digital education agenda is being guided behind the scenes by out-of-state companies that stand to profit on the changes and stating that the online education companies that wish to operate Maine’s virtual schools divert precious public education dollars into profits and dividends while providing education of dubious quality.

Published: Tuesday, 3 January 2012

A recent article by Stephanie Saul in the New York Times (December 12 2011) asks a number of significant questions about the value of online schooling particularly when the management of online schools is in the hands of for-profit organisations. Describing significant revenue streams while embracing far from innovative teaching methods, several specific schools come in for significant criticism. This article paints a far from rosy picture of many virtual schools in the US although it is worth pointing out that the main bone of contention in the article seems to be with sommercal organisations running these schools on a for-profit basis. Read the full article.

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