Wall Street Journal | By: Ben Chapman | August 29, 2022

Districts in Texas, California and New York are creating full-time remote learning this fall for the first time.

Fourth-graders at the iLearn Virtual School in Dallas began class Thursday morning with an icebreaker. Their teacher Sumala Paidi asked them, “What superpower would you choose for yourself, if you could pick any?”

The dozen children in the class responded with wishes for super speed or the ability to fly. One girl chose invisibility, so she could “take a cake, and eat it all myself.”

It could be a scene from a school classroom anywhere in the U.S. Except these students, unlike nearly every student learning at this juncture of the pandemic, were piping in via Zoom, and Ms. Paidi was teaching them from a remote office, with a camera and laptop.

School districts in Texas, New York and California are creating permanent, full-time virtual schools for the first time ever this year, in a nationwide movement that has gained steam since the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 prompted schools to back and forth between in-person and remote learning.