Published: Apr 13, 2011 11:41 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 13, 2011 8:41 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - State lawmakers are debating a bill that would create Virtual K-12 charter schools. The move would mean that a student could graduate without ever having to step inside a classroom.

The expansion, however, is drawing stiff opposition from school districts including Lee County. Under the proposal, students could sign up for an online course without the district's permission. Companies wouldn't have to hire teachers with the same qualifications as public schools or even teach the same curricula.

Districts, however, would still have to foot the bill for end-of-year testing.

Lee County has more than 160 students taking online course and spends roughly $4,200 on each student.

The district says a vast expansion of the program would reduce the number of kids in the classroom, but could end up costing districts far more money in the long.