Virtual School Meanderings

March 9, 2013

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the EdWeek Update.

DIGITAL DIRECTIONS
Virtual Courses Feature Gaming to Raise Interactivity
Creators of online courses are finding new ways to incorporate interactive, game-based learning in online curriculum.
Read the entire new issue of Digital Directions.

Next the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Why online classrooms need virtual “hangouts” for students
Edutopia.org/Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s blog (3/1)

Tenn. lawmakers consider setting limits on virtual schools
State lawmakers in Tennessee are considering giving the state the power to close underperforming virtual schools, following concern about the poor performance of a virtual school in the state. Under the bill, which has advanced in the state Senate, the state Department of Education also would be given the authority to cap enrollment at new virtual schools at 1,500 until they meet expectations and freeze enrollment if the schools demonstrate poor performance. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (3/6)

Curriculum offers Neb. teachers online, traditional tools
Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska is implementing a new K-6 language arts curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards that offers teachers both print and digital resources. Students can read books in print or on mobile devices, and teachers can incorporate online lessons and assessments and collaborate virtually with peers. “It’s the best of both worlds. Overall, we’re really excited about this, because it helps us move forward in multiple directions,” said Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for instruction. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (3/4)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Big push coming for fall enrollment for the new Cheboygan virtual school
Cheboygan Daily Tribune
While this venture will offer educational opportunities to more northern Michigan students, it could also provide CAS with a much-needed boost in funding. For several years, falling enrollment has created a financial problem for CAS. If this virtual …
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State disappointed in Greenfield’s axing virtual school
The Recorder
The law had allowed Greenfield the opportunity to transform its three-year-old cyber school into a new state-supervised virtual school, and state officials said they talked dozens of times with Superintendent Susan Hollins over the last six weeks to …
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Greenfield shuts state’s 1st public virtual school
Danbury News Times
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/VXsWrk ) that the Greenfield School Committee voted unanimously to not submit an application to be a “commonwealth virtual school.” That’s a public school controlled by the state and structured like a …
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Greenfield shuts down state’s 1st public virtual school
Boston Herald
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/VXsWrk ) that the Greenfield School Committee voted unanimously to not submit an application to be a “commonwealth virtual school.” That’s a public school controlled by the state and structured like a …
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State disappointed in Greenfield’s axing virtual school
The Recorder
A law passed in January gave the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education control over any future virtual schools — public schools set up like charter schools, that would teach students via the Internet. The law had allowed …
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Big push coming for fall enrollment for the new Cheboygan virtual school
Cheboygan Daily Tribune
While this venture will offer educational opportunities to more northern Michigan students, it could also provide CAS with a much-needed boost in funding. For several years, falling enrollment has created a financial problem for CAS. If this virtual …
See all stories on this topic » Tonight’s vote could kill virtual school
The Recorder
For three years, Greenfield’s Massachusetts Virtual Academy has used the Internet to teach nearly 500 Massachusetts students who, for a variety of reasons, felt they could not attend brick-and-mortar schools. But now, in the wake of newly enacted …
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Greenfield to close Massachusetts Virtual Academy, state’s first virtual school
MassLive.com
If Greenfield wanted to keep the school operating, it would have to apply to the state by March 25. Under the new law, Massachusetts Virtual Academy would not be allowed to continue as an “innovation” school, which is how it was launched in 2010.
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Mauston plans to launch virtual school this fall
Juneau County Star-Times
The Mauston school district will begin offering students the option of attending school online beginning next fall and will have a meeting Tuesday evening to answer any questions parents and students may have about the new program, Superintendent …
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Virtual school: pass or fail?
The Recorder
It is very exciting to think that the Greenfield Public Schools can be a leader in statewide and nationwide initiatives related to innovation and online education. Greenfield is in an unusual position of having the first virtual online school in …
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Greenfield’s pioneering on-line school – the Massachusetts Virtual Academy …
MassLive.com
Students of the virtual school were falling behind other students on state-mandated tests, and half quit during the academic year or failed to return the next year, according to December story by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting …
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Greenfield Shuts State’s 1st Public Virtual School
WBUR
GREENFIELD, Mass. — Greenfield officials have voted to shut Massachusetts’ first public virtual school four years after it opened. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that the Greenfield School Committee voted unanimously to not submit an application …
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First virtual school in Mass. will close June 30
Berkshire Eagle
GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The first virtual school in Massachusetts is shutting down after the Greenfield School Committee voted last week not to submit an application to the state to run it. The vote first reported by The Recorder of Greenfield …
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Virtual school enrollment open for 2013-14
Basehor Sentinel
Enrollment for the Basehor-Linwood Virtual School 2013-14 school year is now open for new and returning students, and all textbook fees are waived for enrollees. Established in 1998 as the first virtual school for K-12 students in Kansas, BLVS provides …
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Virtual Public Charter School Opens 2013-2014 Enrollment Today
Patch.com
Georgia Connections Academy will host free parent information sessions to fulfill a growing number of requests for more details about the virtual school program, starting today in Douglasville. Parents and others seeking more information about Georgia …
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USD 308 considers virtual school option
Hutchinson News
About 58 students living in USD 308 boundaries attend a virtual school offered by another provider, Kiblinger said. It’s “a significant number of students” that the district is losing, she said. Those students are pretty evenly spread across the K-12 …
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Gov. Rick Scott appoints Olenick to Florida Virtual School board of trustees
TCPalm
PALM CITY — Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment of Michael Olenick to the Florida Virtual School board of trustees. Olenick, 61, of Palm City, is the vice president of corporate affairs and chief compliance officer of The Morganti Group …
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Local committee ends Massachusetts’ first virtual school
Boston.com (blog)
Moreover, unlike the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), payments for students are received in a way that is not tied to accountable performance by the school. In the case of FLVS, the school only receives payments if and when the student successfully …
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Virtual school blinks out
The Recorder
A four-year educational arrangement in the Greenfield Public Schools is slated to come to an end in June. The running of a virtual school in what was a public-private partnership was at best a noble experiment and at worst an effort that all of the …
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Families fighting to save virtual school
The Recorder
A new law regulating cyber schools means that Greenfield’s virtual school needed to transition into a state-operated school run by a separate board. Not wanting to take part in creating a school run with little local control, the Greenfield School …
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Florida Virtual School and gWhiz Gamify meStudying Mobile iOS App
prMac (press release)
[prMac.com] Annapolis, Maryland – Mobile educational app developer gWhiz, has teamed up with Florida Virtual School(R) (FLVS(R)), the leader in Kindergarten-12 grade online education, to redesign its popular meStudying(R) educational app series for …
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Parents hope to save virtual school
WWLP.com
Sign in with your YouTube Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to add wwlp’s video to your playlist. Sign in. Statistics Report. Published on Mar 7, 2013. Parents gathered in Greenfield hoping to save the state’s only virtual school.
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Maine should revisit law for virtual schools
Lewiston Sun Journal
Maine should revisit law for virtual schools. Editorial Board. Our View |. Friday, March 8, 2013. After three years, Massachusett’s first virtual school will close this summer, calling into question the wisdom of Maine’s approach to operating virtual …
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Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Legislation will hurt cyber schools
Chambersburg Public Opinion
The recent article, “Group: School districts overpay for cyber schools,” reflects an unfortunate misunderstanding of education funding, economics and the impact of proposed legislation. As stated in the article, the funding formula for charter schools …
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State Sen. Judy Schwank introduces bill that would change rules on cyber …
Reading Eagle
However, Dr. Tim Daniels, CEO of the Chester County-based Achievement House Cyber Charter School, said public school districts don’t have the time or expertise to manage effective online programs. “We’re a lot better at it than someone who does it …
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Glacier High School dealing with cyber-bullying
KPAX-TV
KALISPELL – Authorities are trying to get a handle on a new kind of cyber-bullying that’s sweeping through Flathead Valley high schools. A number of Facebook “Confession” pages have been created over the last month, especially ones related to Glacier …
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Middle school hosts cyber safety seminar
Hometownlife.com
The Michigan CSI (Cyber Safety Initiative) seminar will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the media center of the school, located at 1851 Radcliff, south of Ford. “This is the first time that we have offered this program for parents,” said …
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Penn Manor extends cyber school contract
Lancaster Newspapers
Leichliter said the three-year, $36000 commitment to be included in the cyber school consortium is “a worthwhile insurance policy for that extra year.

Haslam’s school voucher bill delayed
San Francisco Chronicle
The cyber school scored a 1 on the 5-point scale. However, Arika Trevino testified before Senate Education Committee on Wednesday that she has two children …

Schools may get windfall: Cyber reform measure would redirect …
The Tribune-Democrat
James Roebuck Jr., D-Philadelphia, unveiled a comprehensive cyber school funding reform bill Thursday that was largely modeled on recommendations made by …

Bill could save charter funds for public schools
New Castle News
James Roebuck, a Democrat from Philadelphia unveiled a comprehensive cyber school funding reform bill Thursday that was largely modeled on recommendations …

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