BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - Ferris State University has granted a charter to Connections Academy of Baltimore to operate a K-12 virtual school in Michigan, The Grand Rapids Press reported. The Academy manages 17 cyber schools in 15 states, according to the report.

The school offers 500 courses through individual and group instruction, The Press reported. The program is structured so that students have a learning coach, typically a parent or adult family member, according to The Press, and also work with academy teachers by phone, video or in person.

Michigan parents may begin enrolling students in the academy on May 30, according to information at the university website.

SOURCE:
The Grand Rapids Press, "Ferris State University approves online charter school," May 26, 2010

Ferris State University, "Ferris Establishes Charter Cyber School with Connections Academy," May 26, 2010

FURTHER READING:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Online Learning Can Improve Michigan Public Education," April 13, 2010

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