In what could be a result of widespread teacher layoffs, some virtual schools and online learning providers are reporting huge increases in teaching applications for the coming school year.

"We have seen at least a 50-percent increase in the number of applications we've received versus this time last year," said Annie Middlestadt, senior director of human resources for Connections Academy, an operator of virtual K-12 public charter schools. 

"In the states where we operate schools, the number of phone calls and eMails we're receiving from applicants coming from brick-and-mortar schools has increased," she added.

"This year in particular, we've seen an increase in...

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