Virtual School Meanderings

February 12, 2013

FLVS Featured Courses for Spring

Yet another item from Monday’s inbox…

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Featured Courses!
With more than 120 FLVS courses to choose from, we know that deciding which one to take can be a tough choice! We are hoping that we can make it just a little bit easier.
Featured Courses for Spring  

Check out our list of Featured Courses today! We offer everything from photography to science courses, so there is something for everyone.

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January 12, 2013

FLVS Enters The Blogosphere!

Always nice to see another K-12 online learning voice enter the blogosphere.

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Big News!
We are excited to announce the official entrance of Florida Virtual School into the blogosphere!
The Virtual Voice - FLVS BlogFrom the latest trends in education to the future of online learning, now you can hear it straight from FLVS thought leaders.Read and subscribe today!
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December 8, 2012

FLVS Global- Virtual Leadership Training

This was posted to the iNACOL forums in the past few days…

Need help starting your online or blended learning program? Hear from the experts! Don’t miss Florida Virtual School’s (FLVS) next Virtual Leadership Training February 6 & 7 in Orlando, FL.

Virtual Leadership Training (VLT) is FLVS’s acclaimed professional development workshop for virtual leaders. For anyone tasked with creating or managing a virtual school or blended learning program, the two-day workshop hosted by FLVS Global is an amazing resource to help ask the right questions, do the right planning and create a blueprint for action. Participants spend two days with Florida Virtual School leaders who provide expert feedback for program development.

When: February 6 & 7, 2013
Where: Florida Virtual School Headquarters – Orlando, FL
Time: 9am-4pm ET
Topics: Hiring and staffing, funding and budget, policies, data and performance management, student recruiting and retention, accountability, curriculum, learning and performance management systems, evaluating and marketing your program

VLT Dates:
April 17 & 18, 2013
June 26 & 27, 2013
October 24 & 25, 2013

For more information, and registration visit

September 18, 2012

More Details On Florida’s K12, Inc. Investigation

About a week or so ago, I posted an entry entitled “K12 Inc.: The Skirmish In Seminole County And The Desperate Race.”  Over the weekend there were some additional news items that provide some more of the details of the investigation…

May 15, 2012

More Cyber Charter Decisions Being Overturned

At the end of April I wrote an entry that used an example of two cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania that were approved over the objections of the elected school board (numerous times in fact), and now the elected school boards were having to use public education dollars to fight a legal battle to close these cyber charter schools that were rife with corruption – and the cyber charter schools were using public education dollars to fight to closure (public money put to good use).  That entry also used an example of where a charter school organization wanted to close a perennially underperforming cyber charter school and the for-profit corporation and its parents were fighting that closure.

Last week I wrote an entry that talked about how a state board of education, appointed to make educational decisions in the best interests of the students of the state, had decided to not consider an application for a cyber charter school because they questioned the quality of educational opportunity the for-profit corporation provided.  That state board of education was overruled by a judge.

In the past day or two the following article came across my electronic desk:

State overrules Volusia County School Board, OKs virtual charter school
The Daytona Beach New-Journal

DAYTONA BEACH — A virtual charter school was given the green light by the state to start operating in Volusia and other area counties.

The state Board of Education overturned the Volusia County School Board’s decision to deny the application last fall of the Central Florida Virtual Board and the Florida Virtual Academy.

The School Board had several concerns with the application, including the school’s governance and lack of oversight, its curriculum and financial plan. The Charter School Appeal Commission in February supported denying the application. The Central Florida Virtual Board and Florida Virtual Academy appealed to the state, which decided this past week to overturn the decision as well as decisions by school boards in other area counties for various charter and virtual charter school companies.

Charter schools are public schools operated by private groups under contracts with local school boards.

Volusia County School Board attorney Ted Doran said the board at its May 22 meeting will discuss the state’s decision. He said the board can either comply with the ruling for the online school, which wants to open as soon as possible, or appeal the decision to the 5th District Court of Appeal.

Over the past few months I’ve witnessed first hand how the money thrown around by these for-profit companies can influence legislators to ignore data, ignore performance in other jurisdictions, and ignore their own previously well crafted legislation – all because of the lobbying and political influence that comes with the money that multi-million dollar corporations can bring to bear.

As these examples continue to illustrate, money talks in the American education system.  And it seems to be the only thing those who have the final say are listening to!

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