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Online schools in Minnesota are enlisting county prosecutors to help track down truant cyberstudents. The efforts require an expanded view of current truancy law, which some say need to be updated. "As our society changes, and the ways we educate kids, we need to make sure that our laws are keeping pace with that, otherwise there's the possibility that kids will fall through the cracks and not get the help they might need," said Matt Engelking, chief of the juvenile division in the Stearns County attorney's office.

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After years of indecision, stakeholders appear finally ready to confront longstanding barriers to online learning. But experts say the biggest challenge remains the state’s primary method for funding schools – based on average daily attendance – which is not easily adapted to instruction where the teacher and student are not only in different places but also, often not even sharing the same element of time.

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Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011

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I (Emil) ran across this chapter in a book I was looking through during my doctoral dissertation and thought I'd share it. It's about affective computing (a possible solution to the number one detractor to online learning). Thoughts?

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