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Thousands of Ohio students head back to class without leaving their homes

Michele Hladik's son and youngest daughter were both enrolled in a traditional school setting, but Michele said it wasn't working for them. (WSYX/WTTE)

There are more 330 tuition-free charter or community schools in Ohio and portion of those are online, or e-schools.

Michele Hladik's son and youngest daughter were both enrolled in a traditional school setting, but Michele said it wasn't working for them.

"[My son] has a learning disability and was going downhill," she told WSYX/WTTE. "He hated school with a passion. He didn't want to go to college. He did not know what he wanted to do, but he knew it was not higher education."

After several attempts to help him thrive, Michele said she agreed to enroll him in an online charter school.

Michele selected Ohio Connections Academy.

"It is a leap of faith because you don't know a lot about the schools," she said. "But these kids learn just as much as the kids sitting in a classroom."

Michele said her son's demeanor quickly improved.

"He used to ask us every day, 'Do I have to go to school today? Then, all a sudden in 11th grade, he says, 'I want to go to college.' That's a huge shock, and that was only after he went to O.C.A."

More than 117,000 students are enrolled in a charter school in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Education's most recent numbers.

Report cards for each district are available on the Ohio Department of Education's website.

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