[caption id="attachment_55650" align="alignleft" width="150"] The pilot program began with remedial classes.[/caption]

About two weeks into San Jose State's online education experiment at an Oakland charter school, it became clear that something was wrong. Some of the students in the college's for-credit math courses weren't even logging on.

"I get this call from San Jose State: 'Uh, we have a problem,'" recalled Mark Ryan, superintendent of the Oakland Military Institute, a public school set up on a military model.

It turned out some of the low-income teens didn't have computers and high-speed internet connections at home...

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