Virtual School Meanderings

March 29, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

Former dropout among 100 or so students enrolled in virtual school program offered by Oklahoma …
NewsOK.com
Former dropout among 100 or so students enrolled in virtual school program offered by Oklahoma City Public Schools. Online schooling benefits …

Just a note to say you’re my hero
Daily Astorian
Brown has been a student at the virtual school for one year, a choice that best supports the needs of her family’s traveling lifestyle. Buy this photo.

Michelle Mueller: Here’s answers to your questions on virtual schools
Madison.com
Virtual school students are encouraged to interact with each other just like students who attend traditional school. Students have the option to email …

Editorial: Virtual options
Lawrence Journal World
Many such student once were served by the Lawrence Alternative High School, and when that school closed in 2005, the virtual school was touted as …

Maine Voices: Virtual schools export public money to corporate coffers
Press Herald
BRUNSWICK — The virtual school system supported by the governor’s office will be a disaster for the state of Maine, our children, our families, our …

Hundreds of virtual-school families and staff volunteer at annual community day
Statesman Journal
The girls are students with Oregon Connections Academy, and the effort is part of a statewide community event for the online school. / TIMOTHY J.

Lawrence educators ready to run virtual school
Topeka Capital Journal
LAWRENCE — A dismal graduation rate has prompted the Lawrence school district to take over a virtual school, and its future could be in jeopardy if …

Lawrence educators ready to run virtual school
San Francisco Chronicle
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A dismal graduation rate has prompted the Lawrence School District to take over a virtual school, and its future could be in …

Senate kills virtual school moratorium bill by upholding LePage vetoBangor Daily News
AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposal to put a moratorium on the creation of virtual charter schools in Maine while the state creates its own died in the …

Florida Virtual School® and FLVS Global School Advise Student Athletes to Avoid Senior Panic …
DigitalJournal.com
With all eyes on March Madness and college sports, Florida Virtual School® (FLVS®) and FLVS Global School remind high school student athletes to …

Hundreds of Oregon virtual school families and staff volunteer
Statesman Journal
Throughout the state Thursday, more than 660 students, parents and teachers from the online school Oregon Connections Academy had signed up to …

Michelle Mueller: Here’s answers to your questions on virtual schools
Madison.com
All across the country, virtual schools like Wisconsin Connections Academy are seeing an increase in enrollment each year, and with that I find myself …

Multinational co. to support Maine’s first virtual school
Mainebiz Daily
A multinational publishing giant will provide key resources to Maine’s first virtual public school, a plan that some educators called worrisome because …

Maine Voices: Virtual schools export public money to corporate coffers
Press Herald
BRUNSWICK — The virtual school system supported by the governor’s office will be a disaster for the state of Maine, our children, our families, our …

Former dropout among 100 or so students enrolled in virtual school program offered by Oklahoma …
NewsOK.com
Former dropout among 100 or so students enrolled in virtual school … The plan backfired when her new employer asked to see a high school diploma.

Monday
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Virtual school meeting set for Monday. Published on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 23:45 – Written by Staff Reports. A virtual public school will have a …

Virtual school information session to be held in Lafayette March 31st
Bayoubuzz
Louisiana Connections Academy, a statewide provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual K-12 schooling, opened enrollment for the …

Rejected Maine virtual school asks for reconsideration
Press Herald
Three charter commission members agree the proposal should get another chance, and a decision could come Tuesday. By Noel K. Gallagher …

Ribbon Cutting Held for North Star Online School
KTVN
The Washoe County School District’s (WCSD) virtual school, North Star Online School, unveiled its new name and introduced its new principal at its …

Virtual education is a good fit for Henderson competitive swimmer
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Devon Kisfalvi sits in his hammock at home while he does school work. Devon has been attending Nevada Connections Academy, a virtual school, for …

Read Maine Virtual Academy’s letter
Press Herald
Read Maine Virtual Academy’s letter. The company that hopes to establish another virtual school in Maine lays out its case for reconsideration.

Virtual school day in session at Thomas Jefferson High
Fairfaxtimes.com
Thomas Jefferson has held such virtual school days before. The school piloted the program in the 2010-11 school year, and after deeming it a success …

Explore virtual school at Glendale center
YourWestValley.com
Because ACA is a virtual school, it is available to K-12 students who reside anywhere in Arizona. Tuition is free, and enrolled students receive a …

Spring ISD Virtual School 2014-15 Registration Now Underway
The Paper Magazine
SPRING, TX (March 25, 2014) – Spring ISD Virtual School registration is currently underway for the 2014-15 school year. All Spring ISD students in …

School choice bills find support in House
MiamiHerald.com
The first would allow home- and virtual-school students to participate in sports and extra-curricular activities at the traditional public school of their …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Pa. charter school law needs smart reforms (column)
York Daily Record
PDE has closed two cyber schools and has not approved a new cyber school in two years. We support those actions because PDE is raising the …

Northwest Area told it has to pay cyber charters
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
It was stated at the school board meeting Wednesday that $118,763 for Argo Cyber Charter School and $4,916.38 for Bear Creek Charter School were …

Gateway board mulls expanding cyber academy
Tribune-Review
State law requires school districts to pay the tuition of every student who lives within their borders but attends a cyber charter school, according to state …

A plea to update PA’s charter school law: Jonathan Cetel, Ashley Demauro, and Robert Fayfich
The Patriot-News
The state has closed two cyber schools and has not approved a new cyber school in two years. We support those actions because the Education …

March 23, 2014

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquestBeginning with nothing from the ProQuest Alert for virtual school or cyber school – and there hasn’t been any items from ProQuest since the first or second week that I began this feature (although someone from ProQuest did contact me this past week and I will try to follow-up on that this coming week).

ebsco

Moving on, the EBSCO alert for virtual school.

1. TI- Virtual Charter Academy Bill Vetoed by Maine’s Governor.
JN- Education Week
PD- 3/12/2014, Vol. 33 Issue 24, p5-5
PG- 1/8p
DT- 20140312
PT- Article
AB- The article presents information on a bill vetoed by Maine Governor Paul LePage in March 2014 for a state-run virtual charter academy, looking at the potential opening of the Maine Connections Academy virtual school that has been approved by the Maine Charter School Commission.
DE- DISTANCE education
DE- CHARTER schools
SU- MAINE
SU- UNITED States
PE- LEPAGE, Paul, 1948-
FT- 141
IS- 02774232
AN- 94901506
UR- http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=asx&AN=94901506&site=eds-live

2. TI- People.
JN- Electronic Education Report
PD- 2/28/2014, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p7-7
PG- 1/4p
DT- 20140228
PT- Article
AB- The article announces career changes such as the retirement of Julie Young as president and chief executive officer (CEO) at Florida Virtual School in Orlando, Florida and the appointments of Al De Seta as president and Nick Bates as the chief financial officer at private company Catapult Learning.
DE- CAREER changes
DE- RETIREMENT
SU- COLLEGE presidents
CO- CATAPULT Learning LLC
PE- YOUNG, Julie
PE- DE Seta, Al
PE- BATES, Nick
IS- 10779949
AN- 94825859
UR- http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=94825859&site=eds-live

There were no relevant items in the EBSCO alert for cyber school.

Finally, the EBSCO alert for K-12 online learning did not show up in my inbox this week.

March 22, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News.
How-to
Self-paced blended learning highlights ‘average’ student myth
“If you design something for the average …person, wouldn’t it fit most people?” Todd Rose – The Myth of Average: from TEDx This seems like a natural conclusion to draw, but research has shown this is incorrect. [ Read More ]

Also the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Hallmarks of students who have trouble learning online
InsideHigherEd.com/Gradhacker blog (3/18)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Florida Virtual School Provides Demonstration At The Capitol
WCTV
“Florida Virtual School has provided me with learning experiences that I have not and cannot get anywhere else.” Students explain their excitement …

Natick superintendent to chair virtual school trustees
Milford Daily News
The superintendent of the Natick schools will serve as the chairman of the board of trustees for a new public virtual school that is starting up in the state …

Black River Falls to expand virtual school
La Crosse Tribune
“We are first hoping that the virtual school will bring some of our residents back to us that are open enrolling out to a virtual school at another district.”.

Multinational giant set to run first virtual school in Maine
Kennebec Journal
Maine’s public school teachers, administrators and school districts widely oppose the new virtual school. Much of the opposition is focused on how the …

Lawrence prepares for full takeover of troubled virtual high school
Lawrence Journal World
Like most virtual schools in Kansas, Lawrence Virtual School enrolls students from throughout the state, not just from Lawrence. In fact, another virtual …

Virtual school offers education alternative
Muskogee Daily Phoenix
Hambright teaches online through Oklahoma Connections Academy, a tuition-free virtual public school. She shared her experiences and expertise at …

‘Virtual school day’ idea earns nod for innovation
NorthJersey.com
While the state continues to weigh whether the Pascack Valley Regional High School District’s “virtual school day” last month will count as an official …

Florida Virtual School Provides Demonstration At The Capitol
WCTV
“Florida Virtual School has provided me with learning experiences that I have not and cannot get anywhere else.” Students explain their excitement …

BRF to expand virtual school
Jacksoncountychronicle
The Black River Falls School District will expand its virtual school offerings to elementary school students in an effort to curb the incidence of residents …

Natick superintendent to chair virtual school trustees
Milford Daily News
The superintendent of the Natick schools will serve as the chairman of the board of trustees for a new public virtual school that is starting up in the state …

Black River Falls to expand virtual school
La Crosse Tribune
“We are first hoping that the virtual school will bring some of our residents back to us that are open enrolling out to a virtual school at another district.”.

Virtual school aims to enlighten indigenous children
DhakaTribune
Technology indeed can do wonder for people to help them realise their potential and this is exactly the idea an Internet-based school in a remote …

Multinational giant set to run first virtual school in Maine
Press Herald
Maine’s first virtual public school will get its curriculum, online learning platform, human resources services and, in some instances, teachers, from a …

Lawrence prepares for full takeover of troubled virtual high school
Lawrence Journal World
The Lawrence school district is preparing to take full control of Lawrence Virtual High School, a charter school that until recently had been run by a …

Virtual school aims to enlighten indigenous children
DhakaTribune
Apart from Dulupoti, the virtual school has indeed provided children of nearly 100 families living in four adjacent villages with the opportunity to receive …

Lawrence educators ready to run virtual school
San Francisco Chronicle
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A dismal graduation rate has prompted the Lawrence School District to take over a virtual school, and its future could be in …

Florida Virtual School® and FLVS Global School Advise Student Athletes to Avoid Senior Panic …
DigitalJournal.com
With all eyes on March Madness and college sports, Florida Virtual School® (FLVS®) and FLVS Global School remind high school student athletes to …

Lawrence educators ready to run virtual school
Topeka Capital Journal
LAWRENCE — A dismal graduation rate has prompted the Lawrence school district to take over a virtual school, and its future could be in jeopardy if …

Senate kills virtual school moratorium bill by upholding LePage veto
Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposal to put a moratorium on the creation of virtual charter schools in Maine while the state creates its own died in the …

School briefs: Group ranks Tennessee 22nd for charter laws
The Tennessean
A virtual school summer program sponsored by Metro Nashville Public Schools will allow students in grades 8-12 to take courses toward a high school …

Hundreds of virtual-school families and staff volunteer at annual community day
Statesman Journal
Tayler (left) and Alexandra Bolsinger (right), both 12, join other students and their parents in repackaging oats at the Marin-Polk Food Share on …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Severe winter weather not a problem for cyberschools, officials say
The Express-Times
Cyber school officials say as long as students have an Internet connection, they are rarely affected by winter weather. (Express-Times File Photo). Print.

PENNS MANOR AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT: Directors hear from public on budget plan
Indiana Gazette
One area he wants to address is cyber school students. According to Johnston, cyber school students are costing the district $270,000. Currently, there …

Severe winter weather not a problem for cyberschools, officials say
The Express-Times
Cyber school officials say as long as students have an Internet connection, they are rarely affected by winter weather. (Express-Times File Photo). Print.

School board names two superintendent candidates
KSTK
He’s also worked as the principal of Delta Cyber School and Fort Greely Elementary School. Additionally, he’s been a principal in California and has …

School board announces superintendent finalists
Wrangellsentinel
… the finalists are: Patrick Mayer, principal since 2010 of Delta High School and the short-lived Delta Cyber School for the Delta Greely School District …

Northwest Area told it has to pay cyber charters
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
On the heels of this debate, the board also approved payment of $9,832.75 to Commonwealth Connections cyber school and $3,258.75 to Pa.

March 16, 2014

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquestBeginning with nothing from the ProQuest Alert for virtual school or cyber school – and there hasn’t been any items from ProQuest since the first or second week that I began this feature.

ebsco

Moving on, there was nothing relevant in the EBSCO alert for virtual school or cyber school.

Finally, the EBSCO alert for K-12 online learning.

1. TI- Progress and Proficiency.
JN- Perspective Newsletter
PD- 2014, p8-8
PG- 3/4p
DT- 20140101
PT- Article
AB- The article reports that the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Competency Works released the report “Progress and Proficiency: Redesining Grading for Compentency Edication” that explores how districts and schools can reinforce learning based on mastery or proficiency.
DE- DISTANCE education
DE- OUTCOME-based education
DE- SCHOOL districts
IC- 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools
AN- 94785252
UR- http://proxy.lib.wayne.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=asx&AN=94785252&site=eds-live

March 15, 2014

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Utah taps task forces to address problems with online education
The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/7)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Maine governor vetoes virtual charter school moratorium
Seacoastonline.com
… public resources would be funneled toward a small number of students in a virtual school environment that has not yet been proven in Maine.”.

Letter: Consider other virtual programs
Aiken Standard
In regards to the article on Friday, Feb. 28 – “Virtual school classes may give students options” – once again our school district administrators are out …

Enroll now for Metro Schools online classes
The Tennessean
A student takes a spelling test as she works with a virtual school program. / Samuel M. Simpkins / File / The Tennessean …

Virtual School Gives Teen Entrepreneur Freedom to Thrive
Budget & Tax News
When Willow Tufano left a public school for the gifted three years ago and enrolled in Florida Virtual School, she discovered a doorway to opportunity.

Virtual School Enrollment Increases by Double Digits
T.H.E. Journal
Both the number of online virtual schools and the number of students enrolled in those schools grew substantially last year, according to a new report …

Virtual School Gives Teen Entrepreneur Freedom to Thrive
Budget & Tax News
When Willow Tufano left a public school for the gifted three years ago and enrolled in Florida Virtual School, she discovered a doorway to opportunity.

Virtual school could replace snow days
The Stylus
That’s because schools like Coyle and Cassidy High School in Taunton, Mass. have already begun what superintendents are calling “virtual school …

Slow down virtual school expansion until more student data is available, report urges lawmakers
Mlive Kalamazoo
LANSING — States should limit expansion of online virtual schools until more information is available on why student performance lags behind other …

Virtual school moratorium receives final legislative approval, goes to LePage
Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to put the brakes on the creation of virtual charter schools in Maine was approved by the Senate on Thursday and now …

Greenfield schools’ involvement in virtual school nearing end
The Recorder
GREENFIELD — By month’s end, the Greenfield School Department will no longer be involved with the virtual school it helped create four years ago.

Maine lawmakers send state-run virtual school bill to LePage
Press Herald
AUGUSTA — The Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that could lead to the creation of a state-run virtual school. The Senate voted 24-11 …

Somerset County school districts concerned about virtual charter school
Kennebec Journal
The approval of a new virtual charter school means school districts in Skowhegan, Madison and North Anson are budgeting additional money.

MARK HEINIG: Will ‘virtual schools’ enrich or replace traditional education?
Kokomo Tribune
When Hoosiers my age recall the school consolidation struggle of the mid-20th century, we could say, “Been there, done that!” Until recently, I …

Letter: Consider other virtual programs
Aiken Standard
28 – “Virtual school classes may give students options” – once again our school district administrators are out to spend our tax dollars unnecessarily.

LHUSD to hash online learning program, additional Student Development Center
Today’s News-Herald
So far it has been confirmed that the Virtual School’s curriculum development team will have new middle school courses available in July, and the …

Virtual school offers education alternative
Muskogee Daily Phoenix
Now in its third year, the Bartlesville-based virtual school serves more than 700 students across Oklahoma. “We were just approved through the …

‘Virtual school day’ idea earns nod for innovation
NorthJersey.com
While the state continues to weigh whether the Pascack Valley Regional High School District’s “virtual school day” last month will count as an official …

BRF to expand virtual school
Jacksoncountychronicle
The Black River Falls School District will expand its virtual school offerings to elementary school students in an effort to curb the incidence of residents …

Spring ISD online classes fill need
Houston Chronicle
For more information: Home Internet access is required for participation in the Spring ISD Virtual School program. Sign up at http://virtual.springisd.org.

BHS teachers to create online classes
Brookings Register
She explained that currently, the only online courses available at BHS are offered through S.D. Virtual School. While she said she is pleased with the …

Marschhausen: McVey center offers more than online schools
ThisWeekNews
This school year, 302 of the approximately 15,800 students who live in the district enrolled in an online or virtual school, said Amanda Morris, …

Parents explain why they’ve spent countless hours to bring a controversial virtual charter school to …
Bangor Daily News
… testifying in Augusta and answering questions from the charter school commission to get a virtual school, the complaints about virtual charters do not …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder seeks four-month delay in criminal trial
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Nick Trombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, is seeking a four-month postponement of deadlines in the federal criminal case …

Charter, cyber schools appraised
The Tribune-Democrat
EBENSBURG — Mark Bower is the high school principal and superintendent at Rockwood Area School District, two positions he has to hold because …

East Penn School District wants funding formula
Allentown Morning Call
East Penn runs its own cyber school for students who want to remain with the district and it costs the district $4,500 per student to educate those 35 …

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