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Batavia School Board holding hearing on virtual campus

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – The Batavia School Board at 6 p.m. today will hold a public hearing on a proposal from an Illinois not-for-profit corporation called Virtual Learning Solutions Inc. to establish an online, virtual charter school serving grades K-12.

Virtual Learning Solutions is seeking to create the Illinois Virtual Charter School at Fox River Valley, which would start operation this fall. The company contracts with K12 Inc., a for-profit company, to provide the online instruction.

The hearing is part of the Batavia School Board’s regular meeting, which will be held at the Rosalie Jones Administration Center, 335 W. Wilson St., Batavia.

The Batavia School Board must vote to accept or reject the proposal within 30 days after the hearing. Once the Batavia School Board has voted, the board must submit a report to the Illinois State Board of Education.

If the board votes to approve the proposal, ISBE will undertake a final review and determine whether to approve the charter school. If the board votes to deny the proposed charter school, the report must be submitted to ISBE and the State Charter School Commission, along with an explanation of the reasons the application was denied.

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