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Associated Press, Published November 14 2013

Enrollment in Minnesota's online schools growing

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Nearly 14,000 children in Minnesota are enrolled in virtual public schools, a number that continues to grow.

The Minnesota Department of Education has reviewed and approved 27 online educators, including online charter schools, multi-district and single-district programs. A private education consulting firm, Evergreen Education Group, says enrollment in multi-district, fully online schools has increased 82 percent over the past five years and now equals about 1 percent of total students in Minnesota.

Liliana Rios, of St. Cloud, enrolled her daughter in the Minnesota Connections Academy and found it to be a positive experience. Rios tells the St. Cloud Times that students complete about seven lessons a day and can participate in about 10 field trips a month to museums, zoos or other places.