Online education suffered a glancing blow recently when the Greenfield School Committee decided to close the state’s first and only cyber school. The demise of the Massachusetts Virtual Academy will create a temporary vacuum, but also open a new opportunity for the state’s energetic education-reform community.
The Greenfield School Committee, some of whose members had long been ambivalent about their online experiment, will close the K-8 cyber school at the end of June. Under a new state law, the school would have had to seek permission from the state to continue operating, and accept greater oversight. That didn’t sit well with the school committee.