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Hearing on virtual Charter School

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge is hearing arguments on whether a for-profit company should get taxpayer money to operate a virtual charter school that offers students online-only classes.

The hearing began Monday in Wake County before Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones.

Despite opposition from state schools officials, the North Carolina Virtual Academy won approval from an administrative law judge last month to begin enrolling students this fall. The school would be run by K12 Inc., a Virginia company that manages online schools in 29 states.

The State Board of Education appealed that ruling with the support of the North Carolina School Boards Association. With an anticipated enrollment of about 2,700 students, the virtual charter school would potentially draw millions in government support away from public school systems across the state.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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