Florida's Virtual School was created in 1997. It offers more than 110 courses with nearly 260,000 students now taking advantage of its services. It was created in response to the outcry for an alternative for students in need of credit recovery, taking a class again due to failing the course or other extenuating circumstances, and those that wanted to learn at a pace accelerated beyond that of their classroom. Twenty-eight states have now followed Florida's lead in creating their own virtual schools to service K-12 students in their states. In other states school districts, sometimes combining with others, are building their own virtual courses.