Virtual School Meanderings

March 16, 2013

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s EdWeek Update.

TODAY’S TOP STORY

Video: The Interactive Schoolhouse Digital Learning Priorities Influence School Building Design
Facilities are being designed and redesigned around the belief that classrooms should mirror the workplaces of today and the future.
• Includes Video: The Interactive Schoolhouse
• Full Report: Technology Counts 2013

For more stories, visit Education Week‘s homepage.The semi-regular ASCD SmartBrief.

Some districts line up to make digital conversion
A growing number of school districts nationwide are implementing or investigating making a digital conversion — whether it be to one-to-one laptop, bring-your-own-technology, iPads in kindergarten or other programs. The goal, supporters say, is to improve student achievement. However, some caution against placing emphasis on technology, and suggest that educators focus on instructional methods and differentiation. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/14)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Indiana’s virtual academy starting 2013-14 enrollment
Evansville Courier & Press
EVANSVILLE — The best way to highlight Indiana Connections Academy, a virtual K-12 school for Indiana, is by talking to the families and students enrolled, according to INCA principal Melissa Brown. “That, for me, is the best part of our school …
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Lawmakers look at virtual charter schools
KRQE
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Some New Mexico lawmakers are trying to put the brakes on virtual charter schools, but some students say this is their best option for getting an education. Tyler Anderson, an eighth grader in Santa Fe, enrolled in the New Mexico …
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Parents hope to save virtual school
WWLP 22News
GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Parents gathered in Greenfield hoping to save the state’s only virtual school. It is the first of its kind in the state and the Massachusetts Virtual Academy was just what parents like Sheila Rose needed for her children. Her …
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Bill to close virtual schools moves ahead
The Tennessean
Bill Haslam submitted the measure this winter after the Tennessee Virtual Academy, an online school run by private operator K12 Inc., received a rating of 1, the lowest possible, based on test results last year. The measure limits new virtual schools …
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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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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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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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Local committee ends Massachusetts’ first virtual school
Boston.com (blog)
Allen’s story includes a quote from a family that was well-served by the Massachusetts Virtual Academy, and certainly the school worked for some of its students. That said, the school, which was formed through a partnership between the Greenfield …
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Pressure on to keep virtual school open
The Recorder
GREENFIELD — Local legislators said Monday that Greenfield could operate a state-run virtual school for one year — a temporary fix that would ensure that 470 students across the state would have a cyber school to attend next fall. Sen. Stanley …
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Senate OKs virtual school measure
WBIR-TV
Critics have pushed for capping enrollment following the low performance of Tennessee Virtual Academy, the state’s only privately operated virtual school. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman called its first-year test results “unacceptable.” Comments …
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Senate to take up virtual school measure
Knoxville News Sentinel
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to tighten enrollment requirements at privately run online schools is scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor Thursday. The proposal would allow beginning online schools to start with an enrollment …
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Will virtual school survive?
The Recorder
Since the vote, John Lunt, the committee chairman, has repeatedly argued that as publicly elected officials, it was not in the local school board’s authority to set up a new state-run virtual school. It was not a decision the committee took lightly, he …
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Real chance for virtual school
The Recorder
GREENFIELD — Exactly two weeks after the Greenfield School Committee chose to stop hosting a virtual school, new information from the state has compelled some members to reverse their decision. At a full committee meeting next week, the district’s …
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Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Closing of K-8 cyber school leaves an opening for others
Boston Globe
The Greenfield School Committee, some of whose members had long been ambivalent about their online experiment, will close the K-8 cyber school at the end of June. Under a new state law, the school would have had to seek permission from the state to …
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Schools may get windfall: Cyber reform measure would redirect funding to local …
The Tribune-Democrat
Reforms to the funding streams used to pay computer-based cyber charter schools, more popular in rural areas, would account for about $105 million and eliminating a loophole that pays charter schools twice for pension costs would save another $50 …
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National High School Cyber Defense Competition Passes 300 Milestone
Air Force Magazine
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Air Force Association (AFA) announced today that CyberPatriot, the National High School Cyber Defense Competition, already has more than 300 teams pre-registered to compete in next school year’s CyberPatriot VI competition!
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District discusses developing cyberschool
Reading Eagle
Board President Robert H. Quinter said the district should ask why students and parents are withdrawing from school. But Martin said the problems often have to do with truancy and parents growing tired of the struggle of getting their children off to …
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Closing of K-8 cyber school leaves an opening for others
Boston Globe
The Greenfield School Committee, some of whose members had long been ambivalent about their online experiment, will close the K-8 cyber school at the end of …

Cyber school funding reform urged
The Sentinel
Legislators can save $4.6 million in taxpayer dollars just by fixing the formula school districts use to fund cyber-charter schools, says a report from …

Souderton Charter School Collaborative notifies…
The Reporter
She explained that she works from home, and her 10-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter are enrolled in a cyber school. But, in the fall they’ll be …

Woodland Hills Board Set for Final Vote on Trek Proposal
Patch.com
Votes on moving eighth grade to the high school and establishing a cyber school are pulled from tonight’s (Wednesday’s) agenda. To see the full agenda for …

Bill Could Cut Cyber Charter School Funding
WTAJ
The proposed bill will have cyber charter school funding come directly from the state rather than from the individual school district, something that’s been …

State wants to revoke charter of Philadelphia-based cyber school
Philadelphia Public School Notebook
While cyber charters are approved by the state, brick-and-mortar charters must get the approval of local school districts. “The Public School Code is …

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