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Views differ on virtual education

A new state law opening the way for more virtual schools in Massachusetts is drawing mixed reactions from area school officials, with some welcoming it and others voicing concern.

The legislation, signed by Governor Deval Patrick on Jan. 3, establishes guidelines for the approval and operation of public schools in which teachers provide all or most instruction online for students who do not need to be present in a school building.

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