11/17/2011 12:36 pm ET | Updated Jan 17, 2012

How Online Learning Companies Bought America's Schools

This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.

If the national movement to "reform" public education through vouchers, charters and privatization has a laboratory, it is Florida. It was one of the first states to undertake a program of "virtual schools"--charters operated online, with teachers instructing students over the Internet--as well as one of the first to use vouchers to channel taxpayer money to charter schools run by for-profits.

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