Vol. 27 No. 1 (2013)
Research Articles

Virtual Charter Schools: Realities and Unknowns

Daniela Torre
Vanderbilt University

Published 2013-09-18


  • charter schools,
  • distance education

How to Cite

Torre, D. (2013). Virtual Charter Schools: Realities and Unknowns. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education Revue Internationale Du E-Learning Et La Formation à Distance, 27(1). Retrieved from https://ijede.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/838


Virtual charter schools have emerged over the last decade as an increasingly popular alternative to traditional public schooling. They present a host of new policy problems that need to be scrutinized in order to ensure that students enrolled in these public schools are receiving an adequate, if not excellent, education. The purpose of this article is to synthesize the inchoate body of literature that presently exists regarding the topic to provide a backing for future policy making. In this article I first describe the landscape in which virtual charter schools have emerged, then I describe how virtual charter schools have grown and how they operate, and finally I discuss the sparse findings on effectiveness and how research can inform the continued development of these schools.


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