Saturday, December 6, 2003

State capitals

Virtual school's links questioned

COLUMBUS - School districts and religious schools are raising concerns about private school students around Ohio taking classes at public expense at an online charter school.

Several groups, including traditional public districts and Catholic and Jewish schools, have contacted the Department of Education about enrollment practices of Virtual Community School of Ohio, based in suburban Columbus.

The online school is contracting with at least three private schools for space in their buildings for students to take VCS classes, said Steve Burigana, executive director of the state Office of Community Schools.

VCS had about 1,500 students enrolled from districts around the state, according to state data. The school was expected to receive about $10.4 million from the state this school year.

Indiana revenue above expectations

INDIANAPOLIS - State tax collections were $11.9 million above expectations in November, marking the first time in the state's fiscal year that revenue exceeded projections.

State tax revenue for the first five months is still $140.3 million below target, but Gov. Joe Kernan said Friday that the November figures offer hope Indiana is recovering from the national recession.

Revenue from individual income taxes increased 11 percent from October to November, which could reflect more people working. But sales tax collections were $15.4 million below target.

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