‘Virtual’ public schools draw interest of religious families

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Sadie Bell studies at a desk. Regarding virtual school, Sadie's mom Jennifer Bell says, “We liked the lifestyle that it brought to our family. We had so much more time to spend with them, and to instill our values in them.” RNS photo courtesy Jennifer Bell.

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(RNS) Since Florida became the first state to try them in 1996, virtual public schools have enjoyed dramatic growth, at least some of it coming from religious families. Like home-schooling parents, parents of virtual public school students like having their children home so they can integrate religion and values into the school day. By Omar Sacirbey.