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Aug 16, 2011 10:41 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

La.'s first online charter school starts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Nearly 600 students have started school from the comfort of their homes as Louisiana's first online charter school for kindergarten through 12th grade opened.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/pvMHkH ) the school, Louisiana Connections Academy, is based in Baton Rouge.
What makes it different is that, for these students, the school day will take place at home primarily using computers, email, Web conferencing, software and telephones.
They teach the same math, science, English and other classes as are taught in traditional public schools.
Dori Harris, who teaches sixth-grade language arts, science and social studies at the academy, said a mother told her on Monday that her child, who normally has to be dragged out of bed for school, was up at 4 a.m. for online classes.

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