A private virtual-school operator is planning to enroll up to 400 Michigan students this year in a new tuition-free online school. The Michigan Connections Academy will offer individualized learning that combines independent computer time with interactive lessons that feature a live teacher as well as offline activities. The school will also feature a gifted math and language arts program for students in grades 3-8, and it will provide textbooks, a computer, printer and Internet stipend to students and their families.

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