Virtual High Schools: Does the State Provide Support for Hardware/Software for Urban/Low-income/Rural schools?
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Virtual High Schools: Does the State Provide Support for Hardware/Software for Urban/Low-income/Rural schools?

By their very nature, virtual high school programs require students and schools to have access to computers and technology. These policies show where states provide support to typically underserved students and districts.

Why does it matter? Schools and districts benefit when they have an affordable and efficient way to provide services to their students.


  • Sixteen states provide support (monetary and/or technical) for hardware/software.
  • Three states allow the local school district to provide support for hardware/software.
  • North Carolina and South Carolina stipulate that the schools must provide all of the support for hardware/software.
  • Seven states provide no information on this question.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Sources for all data points are available through this link.

    Last updated: December 3, 2007

    Research conducted by Melodye Bush and Michael Colasanti. Please contact Bush (303.299.3631 or or Colasanti (303.299.3672 or with comments or questions about this database.

  • Does the state provide support for hardware/software for urban/low-income/rural schools?
    Alabama Yes
    Arizona Yes
    Arkansas Yes
    California Yes
    Colorado Yes
    Florida Yes
    Georgia Yes
    Hawaii No information available
    Idaho No, if need has been determined, the local school district may provide.
    Illinois No, local school district offers support
    Iowa No, local district provides support
    Kentucky Yes
    Louisiana Yes
    Maryland No information available
    Michigan Yes
    Mississippi Yes
    Missouri No information available
    New Mexico Yes
    North Carolina No, schools must provide all hardware and software support.
    North Dakota No information available
    Oregon No information available
    South Carolina No
    South Dakota Yes
    Texas No information available
    Utah The state provides funds for software licensing fees.
    Virginia No information available
    West Virginia Yes
    Wisconsin Yes

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