Policy Documents

Students Without Borders: Funding Online Education in Virginia

Christian Braunlich –
November 1, 2011

Because Virginia funds online schools using an outdated model based on funding bricks and mortar schools closest to student homes, online education and education choice are unlikely to expand in the Commonwealth without change, writes Christian Braunlich of the Thomas Jefferson Institute. He proposes funding “students without borders” based on statewide averages, saying policy-makers must recognize that old funding models are ineffective, raise costs, and hinder Virginia’s students from learning in a tech-enabled world.