Online charter schools
This school year, some Durham students are attending online charter schools for the first time. North Carolina Connections Academy and North Carolina Virtual Academy both opened as part of a pilot program to help determine whether or not virtual charters can succeed in the state. The students meet with their instructors through live online sessions.
In 2014, a provision was signed into law that required North Carolina to authorize two charter schools to serve K–12 students online by fall of 2015. Online charters are not without controversy. The pros include the idea that online is an option for non-traditional students and cons include concern about whether or not corporations will provide quality education products. For more about North Carolina Virtual Academy, visitncva.k12.com; for North Carolina Connections Academy, visitconnectionsacademy.com.