Virtual School Meanderings

March 2, 2013

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsThis is going to be a busy Saturday, as I try to get the backlog of items that built up over the course of the week out.

Anyway, beginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Idaho launches first-of-its-kind partnership with Khan Academy
Idaho will launch a pilot program in the fall, becoming the first state to partner with the Khan Academy to provide free, online access to math, physics and history classes. The program, to be implemented in 47 schools, is funded through a $1.5 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. “Idaho has the students, the schools and the determination to succeed in showing the nation how to innovate within our public education system,” said Jamie MacMillan, the foundation’s executive director. KBOI-AM (Boise, Idaho)/The Associated Press (2/28)

Helping students gauge the quality of online resources
District Administration magazine (3/2013)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

West Michigan Virtual school making the grade after six months
Greenville Daily News
By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:51 am on Saturday, February 23, 2013 West Michigan Virtual School instructors are in classes that are provided for …

2013 Session Outlook: Education
The Florida Current
Spending on the Florida Virtual School program, a statewide online elementary through high school program has increased from $8 million in 2003 to $214 …

Safety issues eyed by schools, legislators
Cleveland Daily Banner
Virtual school legislation was also a topic of discussion. The pending legislation would limit school systems to only accepting students zoned in its system …

Online education creates another option for students
Midland Daily News
The academy utilizes Delta College and Michigan Virtual School (MVS) curriculum, she said. The structure is similar to school, with a teacher who oversees a …

School system’s 2016 plan raises bar for local education
High Point Enterprise
The plan also calls for creating a standalone virtual school for middle and high school students. The school could offer over computer networks most of the …

West Michigan Virtual school making the grade after six months
Greenville Daily News
West Michigan Virtual School instructors are in classes that are provided for students to help them succeed. GREENVILLE — After opening just six months ago, West Michigan Virtual is already seeing success with four students graduating from the program.
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Proposals for more virtual schools, fewer class size penalties (blog)
School officials from Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Duval counties lined up to encourage a House subcommittee to approve a proposal to relaxes Class Size Amendment penalties. But they needn’t have worried; the House’s Choice and Innovation …
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‘NM Virtual Schools Day’ at capitol
ABQ Journal
Kyla Anderson’s 14-year-old son had tried traditional public school and private school before he enrolled in the fully online New Mexico Virtual Academy. He had been bullied in both settings, so his mother was eager to find a way to keep him at home …
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Virtual school: pass or fail?
The Recorder
Greenfield is in an unusual position of having the first virtual online school in Massachusetts. However, in the three years since Greenfield’s virtual …

K12 Public School and Opting-out of State Tests
… or know of a different place I could find out about anyone having success opting out of standardized tests while in a public virtual school.

Cooking courses move online
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The high school senior is enrolled in eAchieve Academy, the virtual charter school operated by the School District of Waukesha.

Rapid City Journal

High school credits policy gets modest change
Aiken Standard
Another Senate bill would require public school districts to provide over three years program choices that would include public charter schools, virtual …

Tonight’s vote could kill virtual school
The Recorder
The Greenfield School Committee is scheduled to vote tonight whether the district should apply to become a “commonwealth virtual school.

Online School Recruiting in Tucker
Georgia Connections Academy, an accredited provider of virtual K-12 schooling, will open enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year on March 4 with an …

Senate Panel Approves More Money for Public Schools
KUT News
… including $40 million for pre-kindergarten programs, $20 million for the state’s Virtual School Network and $4 million to support Teach for America.

Greenfield’s virtual school to close June 30
The Recorder
By CHRIS SHORES GREENFIELD — Nearly four years after the Greenfield School Committee voted to open the state’s first public virtual school, …

Greenfield to close Massachusetts Virtual Academy, state’s first …
If Greenfield wanted to keep the school operating, it would have to apply to the state by March 25. Under the new law, Massachusetts Virtual Academy would …

Metro schools offer spring math credits
The Tennessean
Metro Nashville Public Schools Virtual School is offering Bridge Math Intensive, which starts during spring intersession, to give Metro seniors a chance to …

Correction: Texas-Bush-Father and Son story
Houston Chronicle
Jeb Bush addressing an education forum, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Bush said Florida Virtual School offers 400000 courses via Internet.

Florida Virtual School and gWhiz Gamify meStudying Mobile iOS App
Albany Times Union
Mobile educational app developer gWhiz and Florida Virtual School® (FLVS®), the leader in Kindergarten-12th grade online education, have redesigned their …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber school plans teaching center in Dickson City
Scranton Times-Tribune
Cyber charter school students will soon be able to leave their computer and go to a dedicated space for club meetings, science experiments and tutoring.

Cyberschool student charged with online threat to Carbondale school resource …
Scranton Times-Tribune
A cyberschool student who lives within the Carbondale Area School District was arrested Friday after she posted a comment on Facebook threatening the school resource officer. The 16-year-old girl was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Friday and charged with …
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Canton considers cyber charter school reform
Towanda Daily Review
CANTON – Some cyber charter school funding reform bills were discussed at the recent Canton Area School Board meeting. A copy of a legislative report from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) that board members reviewed at the meeting …
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Bethlehem Area School District votes to hire Nitschmann project …
Allentown Morning Call
Currently, only the 22 students enrolled in the district’s cyber school program can take courses online. But the district plans to incorporate more online …

Public reacts as JS school closing is set
Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Even board member Harry Miller said he pulled his son out of the district and enrolled him into a cyber school because of bullying issues.

LETTER: Proposed charter school could revitalize Southeast Delco
Delaware County Daily Times
As a longtime resident and tax payer of Southeast Delco School District, … then they need only to look to their now effective cyber school, …

Legislation will hurt cyber schools
Chambersburg Public Opinion
The recent article, “Group: School districts overpay for cyber schools,” reflects an unfortunate misunderstanding of education funding, economics and the …

Lehigh Valley superintendents implore lawmakers for charter …
The Express Times –
Superintendents asked legislators to reform the state’s cyber and charter school laws and increase special education funding.

Hebrew-language charter school, minus the Jews
Heritage Florida Jewish News
Solomon, which opened in September, offers a rare Yin and Yang of Hebrew and Chinese and embodies a fairly new educational model: It’s part cyber school and …

Woodland Hills Eyes 7th-Grade Center, 8th at High School, 9-12 …
A district-run cyber school that is projected to open in August 2013. A hybrid learning center option that allows students to take some of their classes at …

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