Haslam says he wants to cap virtual school enrollment

9:06 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
Tennessee Virtual Academy student Jalea Slater, 8, left, takes a spelling test from her mother, Ester Bradford, while Jayla Slater, 10, does a math lesson at home in Goodlettsville. / Samuel M. Simpkins / The Tennessean
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State leaders have called student grades at the Union County based virtual school "unacceptable." Now the governor is getting involved.

Governor Haslam told the Chattanooga Times Free Press he wants to cap enrollment at the Tennessee Virtual Academy in Union County.

Right now, the school has just over 3,000 students and counting. A new administrative bill would cap enrollment at 5,000 at any virtual school in the state.

The academy serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Kids from anywhere in the state can join.

The state's figures show the academy fell into the bottom 11 percent of schools for student gains.

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