The first virtual public school in Massachusetts is set to open this fall, with an enrollment goal of 600 K-8 students who would take all courses online. State education leaders hope the school will appeal to students who are not challenged at traditional schools or cannot attend because of medical conditions, discipline issues or other reasons. However, some warn that full-time online learning may deprive students of social and other skills gained from interacting with students in a traditional classrooms setting.

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