Virtual School Meanderings

February 2, 2013

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Free online math course appeals to more than Wis. students
A free online math course offered by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is drawing interest from more than college-bound Wisconsin students. The course — covering algebra and geometry — starts today and registrants include students ages 11 to 83 from all over the world. “Truly, I didn’t think that many people were interested in developmental math,” said Maggie McHugh, the university math instructor leading online lectures. La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (1/25)

Also the SmartBrief for Ed Tech.

Tenn. could limit enrollment in virtual schools
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is seeking to cap enrollment at online schools, after students who enrolled in a popular virtual school posted disappointing test results. Among other things, the proposed bill limits new virtual schools to enrolling 1,500 students. Once students have demonstrated a certain level of achievement on state exams, the virtual schools could increase enrollment to 5,000 students. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (1/30)

Choice movement should include focus on virtual schools, Jeb Bush says
CNN/Schools of Thought blog (1/31)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Georgia’s virtual schools see enrollment increasing
The Augusta Chronicle
Georgia Connections Academy Principal Heather Robinson said her virtual school provides a flexibility that brick-and-mortar schools cannot. Students have a seat-time requirement and daily lesson plan but can approach that plan when and how they see fit.
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Gov. Haslam seeks cap on virtual school enrollment
Chattanooga Times Free Press
NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to cap enrollments at Union County’s rapidly growing online public school run by the for-profit company, K12 Inc. First-year K12 Inc. student standardized test results last year were called “unacceptable” by …
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Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber school costs criticized
Butler Eagle
By Sandy Pontius Public school officials increasingly struggle with cyber charter school costs since the state two years ago quit reimbursing districts a …

Public schools start up cyber academies
Butler Eagle
In Butler County, for example, the Butler and South Butler school districts have formed a cyber school partnership with VLN Partners, a Pittsburgh-based …

• Seneca Valley: $1.63 million for 186 students
Butler Eagle
Public school officials increasingly struggle with cyber charter school costs since the state two years ago quit reimbursing districts a third of student …

Superintendent questions cyber school funding
The Sentinel
The funding of cyber education programs is something that Mark Leidy, superintendent of Mechanicsburg Area School District, has seen as problematic. Leidy encouraged parents at a recent PTO meeting to write to their legislator to ask for reform of …
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Mechanicsburg superintendent questions cyber school funding
Carlisle Sentinel
Current Assistant Superintendent Mark Leidy will take over Mechanicsburg Area School District’s top position Aug. 1. The funding of cyber education programs …

Superintendent questions cyber school funding
The Sentinel
This encouragement was to raise the awareness of the impact that cyber school funding has on public schools, Leidy said. Districts have to pay a tuition …

Pennsylvania rejects eight cyber charter school applications …
The Express Times –
By Sara K. Satullo | The Express-Times Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis today denied eight cyber charter school applications for next school …

Bills chart fairer funding
Scranton Times-Tribune
The home public school district of each charter and cyber school student pays a tuition based on the district’s cost-per-student, with few deductions.

TN lawmakers blast online K12 school
The Tennessean
But pressure Tuesday came not only from Democrats, who routinely take aim at the cyber-school company, but from a Republican lawmaker as well.

Open House Looks to Spur Private School Enrollment
The Kittanning Paper
“Currently, they attend Agora Cyber School and it’s been OK, but it just hasn’t been working for us. “And I’m a (Christian), so having the children in a …

Fifth grader pulled from school in flap over paper gun
Philadelphia Inquirer
She has kept not only Melody out of school but has pulled her younger daughter as well. She said they will attend a cyber school online and apply to a …

Haslam proposes capping online school enrollment
San Antonio Express
The cyber school scored a 1 on the 5-point scale. Since then, Academy head Josh Williams said the school has taken steps to improve student performance.

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