Virtual School Meanderings

September 23, 2014

Court Clears Way For Virtual School Legal Fight

I saw this just before and as I was traveling to the NEPC Fellows meeting, and a couple of colleagues sent it to me directly.

Court Clears Way For Virtual School Legal Fight

TALLAHASSEE — Refereeing a fight in the online-education world, the state Supreme Court on Thursday said Florida Virtual School can pursue a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement by a private competitor.

Justices, in a unanimous opinion, rejected arguments that only the Florida Department of State can sue to protect trademarks of the state virtual school. The ruling went against the private K12 Inc., which provides online-education services in Florida and has used the names Florida Virtual Academy and Florida Virtual Program.

In a 19-page opinion written by Justice R. Fred Lewis, the Supreme Court said it interpreted state law as giving a “broad grant of rights and powers to the Florida Virtual School.” A law designating Florida Virtual School as a state agency was approved in 2000.

“It is reasonable to conclude that the Legislature in 2000 intended to give this new concept agency as much autonomy as possible to succeed in what was a cutting-edge educational endeavor,” the opinion said. “Requiring the Florida Virtual School to seek assistance from a different state agency to protect its legal rights, as well as school intellectual property from third-party misappropriation and misuse, would be inconsistent with overall statutory language that grants the trustees (of the virtual school) the authority to ensure the ‘proper operation and improvement’ of the school.”

Florida Virtual School filed a federal lawsuit in 2011 alleging trademark infringement. But a U.S. district judge threw out the case, saying Florida Virtual School did not have legal standing to file the case because that power is held by the Department of State.

The dispute went to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which then asked the Florida Supreme Court to rule on whether state law gives Florida Virtual School the authority to pursue the case.

In a brief filed in December, K12 Inc., said it entered into a contract with the state Department of Education in 2003 to provide online-teaching services and that the department approved the use of “Florida Virtual Academy” and “Florida Virtual Program.”

The brief said the Department of State is required under law to manage intellectual-property assets for Florida Virtual School and other state agencies.

“FLVS (Florida Virtual School) thus does not own the intellectual property it uses; the state does,” the brief said. “And the Department of State, not FLVS, may sue to protect and enforce those marks.”

But the Supreme Court outlined parts of state laws that it said give Florida Virtual School the authority to protect trademarks.

“If third parties could wrongfully appropriate the Florida Virtual School trademarks without repercussions, the school would lose customers, contracts, and revenue, and its operation would be significantly compromised,” the ruling said. “Instead, the broad and unqualified language in (a section of state law) supports our conclusion that the Legislature intended to give the Florida Virtual School the authority to file legal actions to protect school trademarks against infringement.”

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/09/18/court-clears-way-virtual-school-fight/15841709/

September 4, 2014

It’s Not Too Late!

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
It's Not Too Late! Register Today for Your Fall Classes.
Dear Michael,

Have you registered for your fall courses yet? What are you waiting for; exciting new options have just been added! Check out three of our newest ones.
M/J Careers in Fashion and Interior Design

Work with textiles and elements of design to complete projects related to fashion and interior design. You will develop leadership, communication, and employability skills as you explore design careers. During the course, you will learn resource management, basic sewing skills, clothing choices, and technology in the design industry.

 

Theatre, Cinema, and Film Production

Explore the elements of theater and cinematic techniques used by those who create performance productions. As you progress through the course you will view the historical development of different genres and the reasons why they were used. You will also be exposed to a detailed view of film and theater backstage operations and asked to speculate on why a director chooses certain perspectives.

 

Criminal Justice Operations 1

Explore the fields of law enforcement, the court system, and the correctional system. You will acquire technical skill proficiency, industry knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, general employability skills, and occupation-specific skills needed in all aspects of law, public safety, and security careers.

 

Choose from other cool courses like:

  • M/J Business Keyboarding
  • M/J Career Research and Decision Making
  • M/J Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Learning Strategies
  • M/J Guitar 1
  • Driver Education/Traffic Safety
  • English 4: Florida College Prep
  • HOPE
  • Peer Counseling 1
  • Personal Fitness
  • Psychology 1
  • Outdoor Education
  • Social Media 1

 

Click Here to browse courses and register today!

 

Sincerely,

 

The FLVS Team
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August 30, 2014

Share Your FLVS Story to Win a Tablet

From Thursday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
Go Ahead: Succeed Photo Contest
Dear Michael,

 

We know our students are fascinating people who use the flexibility provided by FLVS to do great things. And we want to hear all about it! Using Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, we are asking students to show how FLVS has helped them succeed in this fall’s photo contest. You can even win a tablet!

 

HOW TO ENTER
Students take a photo of themselves with the word “FLVS” or “@FLVS” visible in the picture and upload it to our Facebook contest tab. Each entry must include the hashtag #GoAheadFLVS in the photo caption and tell us how the student has succeeded with FLVS.

 

Students can also post photos to Instagram (@floridavirtualschool) or Twitter with the #GoAheadFLVS hashtag.

 

Help us pick one winner by visiting our Facebook contest tab!

THE DETAILS
Three lucky winners will be chosen to win a tablet. One (1) winner will be chosen at random, one (1) winner will be chosen by our judges and one (1) winner will be chosen by your vote. Photos will go through an approval process before appearing on the tab. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Instagram and Twitter entries using #GoAheadFLVS must be submitted from public accounts. You are providing your information to Florida Virtual School and not to Facebook. Contest ends September 21, 2014.

 

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August 28, 2014

The Pulse Newsletter: August Edition

From Monday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
The Pulse. A newsletter for FLVS Parents and Students
The Pulse Newsletter: August Edition
Dear Michael,

 

The August edition of The Pulse newsletter is now available! Get ready for the school year and see what’s new in this month’s edition of our student and parent newsletter: http://bit.ly/1kY5etK.

 

Sincerely,

 

The FLVS Team

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Florida Virtual School | 2145 MetroCenter Blvd, Ste 200 | Orlando | FL | 32835

August 23, 2014

New Math App Offers Out-Of-This-World Action!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
Now Available in the iTunes Store!
Dear Michael,

 

We have some exciting news for you – Florida Virtual School has teamed up with the creators of Grom Social to develop an exciting new math app called Solar Skate!

 

This mobile game allows students to have skateboarding fun with some out-of-this-world characters while learning some basic math concepts! In the game, players skateboard on a quest to rescue Zach, who has been taken by an alien bully who wrecked the skate course. Gamers solve geometry puzzles to fix their broken skate track. This fast-paced game includes pulling off awesome tricks and collecting coins and power-ups.
Solar Skate integrates math into the storyline and covers 4th through 8th grade Math Standards – all while having fun!

 

Click to view the Solar Skate game trailer.

 

To learn more about the game, visit www.flvs.net/SolarSkate today!

 

This unique educational tool is available on iTunes for Apple iOS devices for $1.99.

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