Alabama’s virtual schools face lack of online access in rural areas

December 9, 2018

The rapid growth of so-called virtual schools in Alabama is likely to soon encounter the harsh reality of a lack of access to high-speed and functioning internet in rural areas.

Soaring enrollments, growing graduation classes and expansion into new buildings underscores the recent surge in popularity in online education in Alabama.

But the rapid growth of so-called virtual schools is likely to soon encounter the harsh reality of a lack of access to high-speed and functioning internet in rural areas.

The issue illustrates two political pushes in Montgomery and Washington, D.C.: A need to find revenue to provide crucial connections to the state’s rural areas while politicians and educators pursue expansion of online coursework.