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Virtual High Schools: What Is the Source of Funding?

Funding for statewide virtual high schools varies, but typically start-up and operational costs are from state appropriations and/or grants. The most common source of funding is from the state.

Why does it matter? State support is critical to start-up, and can facilitate the growth and success of the program.

Highlights:

  • All of the programs except one are funded through state appropriations; the Wisconsin Virtual School is funded by districts.
  • Five states also received foundation grants.
  • Two states noted assistance from Title II Education Technology Competitive Grants.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Sources for all data points are available through this link.

    Last updated: December 3, 2007

    Research conducted by Melodye Bush and Michael Colasanti. Please contact Melodye Bush (303.299.3631 or mbush@ecs.org) with comments or questions about this database.
  • What is the source of funding (appropriation, grants, etc.)?
    Alabama State funding (BellSouth Foundation provided a state grant for start-up).
    Alaska
    American Samoa
    Arizona State funding
    Arkansas State funding
    California State funding
    Colorado State funding
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    District of Columbia
    Florida State funding
    Georgia State funding
    Guam
    Hawaii State funding
    Idaho Foundation grant provided start-up.  Continued funding through state funding. 
    Illinois State funding and federal grants
    Indiana
    Iowa State funding
    Kansas
    Kentucky State funding
    Louisiana State funding, State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Quality Support Fund grant, and BellSouth grant
    Maine
    Maryland State funding and Federal funding under Title ll-D of NCLB
    Massachusetts
    Michigan State funding and Title II Education Technology Competitive Grant
    Minnesota
    Mississippi A grant from the BellSouth Foundation augmented by state appropriation.
    Missouri State appropriation plus a small portion of Missouri's per-pupil funding.
    Montana
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico State funding
    New York
    North Carolina State funding
    North Dakota State funding
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon State funding
    Pennsylvania
    Puerto Rico
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina State funding
    South Dakota State funding
    Tennessee
    Texas State funding
    Utah State funding
    Vermont
    Virgin Islands
    Virginia State funding
    Washington
    West Virginia State funding
    Wisconsin District funding and grants
    Wyoming


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