With state funding for schools being distributed according to enrollment, many districts in Pennsylvania -- and nationwide -- now find themselves competing for students with virtual charter schools. "In states where either there are a lot of full-time online schools or really strong state virtual schools, we've seen the highest amount of district activity," said Matthew Wicks, the chief operating officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Those education alternatives "create both an awareness and competition" for districts, he said.

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