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Columbus Public Schools to open virtual high school

Columbus Public Schools plan to offer students an Internet-based high school in the fall. School officials say the virtual school is an alternative to Internet charter schools, which use phones, e-mail and other technology to communicate with students. The district has lost more than a thousand students to Internet charter schools and nearly four-thousand students to charter schools overall. Because students take about five-thousand dollars apiece in state aid with them if they go to a charter school, the district says it could lose 35 million dollars by 2008.