ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Some New Mexico lawmakers are trying to put the brakes on virtual charter schools, but some students say this is their best option for getting an education.
Tyler Anderson, an eighth grader in Santa Fe, enrolled in the New Mexico Virtual Academy this past fall. His mother, Kyla, says Tyler was a victim of bullying.
"We did the public school setting, we did the private school setting," Kyla Anderson said. "Those were not working. He was getting bullied in both."
Tyler says his grades suffered, and he could not concentrate in the classroom. Since starting in the online charter school, his grades are now all A's and B's.
He's one of more than 450 students enrolled in New Mexico Virtual Academy, which contracts with the for-profit K-12 Inc. for its curriculum. According to representatives from the school, about 1000 students are on the waiting list for next year.
But this kind of school has met with opposition from some lawmakers.
Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque) sponsored two bills opposing online charter schools in their current form. One would prohibit charters from contracting with for-profit companies for curriculum; another would change many laws regarding charter schools.
Stewart says she's not opposed to online learning or creating new charters, but that she thinks for-profit companies need to be left out of the equation.
"We need to keep public money and public control of our public schools in New Mexico," Stewart said.
House Bill 460 will be heard on the house floor Sunday.