It has been a while since I have received one of these, but this showed up through my membership in the TexasVSP@yahoogroups.com group.
HOUSE APPROVES NEW SYSTEM FOR SCHOOL MATERIALS
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:31 am (PDT)
Associated Press – June 16, 2011
The Texas House gave preliminary approval to a new system to pay for
school materials, including textbooks. The bill would combine the
textbook and technology allotments to public schools. In the past
lawmakers approved two different payments to schools based on the
number of students in attendance. One was for textbooks, another for
technology. If this measure passes, they will get one lump sum to buy
instructional materials. The amount spent per students will depend on
how much money is available in state accounts.
I had hoped to post an entry earlier today dealing with the current events happening in K-12 online learning in Idaho, but I spend almost the whole day reading a doctoral student’s dissertation draft and didn’t have the time needed to devote to this important issue (so I’ll wait on that front until tomorrow). In the meantime, here is a message that came through my inbox from the Yahoo! group for Virtual_School_Nation.
The official 4th Annual Not Back to School Days Rally at Disneyland 2010 has launched, visit our all new dedicated website to this event:
Groups? Virtual Charters? Please contact me directly for special group coordination for classes and workshops.
We are looking for music and choir ensembles who want to participate in the event – you could perform right in the theme park (audition video required)! Home educated students ONLY, this is an exclusive 4-day event at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim California.
To contact me directly:
Join us on our FACEBOOK group and help to get the word out!
Okay, so a couple of days ago I posted an entry entitled, Technology Tops Hutchison’s Education Plan. Following up on that, another item from DB Bearden, via the Yahoo! group for the Texas Virtual School Program that showed up in my inbox yesterday.
Parsing The KBH And RP Education Proposals
Copyright November 25, 2009, Harvey Kronberg, www.quorumreport.com, All rights are reserved
Last time education community rallied, they helped beat Grusendorf; the victor stood with KBH this week at her event in Plano. Gubernatorial candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison’s announced her initial education platform yesterday, and it was so similar to Gov. Rick Perry’s current initiatives that it was easy to conclude, at first blush, that this race will come down to who intends to stand with each candidate, rather than what they put down on paper. As for Hutchison, you can assume that many from former Pres. George W. Bush’s camp will stand with her, proving that Bushies have long memories. According to the Hutchison campaign, former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is consulting on Hutchison’s education plan. And Rod Paige, who also headed up Bush’s education office, stood behind the candidate during her announcement. As to the specifics, Hutchison has hit the use of technology hardware in the classroom harder than the Perry camp, and she puts the state’s dropout issue front and center. Perry’s campaign on education, by comparison, has tended to dwell on the positive successes of his administration rather than the pending problems.
By Kimberly Reeves
Not really K-12 online learning related, but still sent out over the Texas Virtual School Program network.
An item from DB Bearden, via the Yahoo! group for the Texas Virtual School Program that showed up in my inbox this morning.
Houston Chronicle – November 25, 2009
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said on Tuesday that if elected governor, her education plan would focus on bringing more technology to the classroom, recruiting and retaining teachers, lowering the high school dropout rate and helping school districts find ways to save money. Hutchison, who is challenging Gov. Rick Perry in the Republican primary for governor in March, unveiled her plans in a biotechnology lab at the Collin County Community College District in the Dallas suburb of Plano. “Now is the time for us to be really creative using technology,” said Hutchison, who said she has approached companies about developing an e-learning device, less than a laptop but more than an e-reader, that could replace conventional textbooks.
An item from DB Bearden, via the Yahoo! group for the Texas Virtual School Program that showed up in my inbox yesterday.
Final draft of a case study of the Texas Virtual School Network is available. This chapter in Emerging Technologies in Learning: Impact on Cognition and Culture will be published as an eBook in 2010 by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
The unique features of the Texas model for a statewide network of virtual learning are different from the statewide virtual school model adopted by other states. The decentralized administration of this network creates opportunities for every public school in the state to participate in a collaborative way in the creation of a repository of reusable learning objects and complete online courses that are financed by public education funds. This enables local education agencies to realize revenue streams for curriculum development and provides educational services to their students and the students in public schools across the state.
To download pdf. file of paper visit Publications and download section 2 chapter submission.