Virtual School Meanderings

April 16, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

80 percent of schools using digital content, says ASCD survey

digital content

Eighty percent of school and district leaders responding to a recent survey said they use digital content in their curriculum or outside the classroom in certain ways, although equity concerns…

6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful


“Just do it” may be an effective slogan for a sporting shoe company, but it is not an effective change management technique to move to blended learning.

Next, Education Week’s Industry and Innovation.

Students in Online Credit Recovery Fare Worse Than Peers, Research Finds

Chicago 9th graders who took a face-to-face version of an Algebra I credit-recovery course had better short-term outcomes than those who took the course online, study says. Read more.

(Digital Education)

Returning to the semi-regular ASCD SmartBrief.

Survey reveals trends in digital-content use among ASCD members

Survey reveals trends in digital content use among ASCD members
A majority of respondents to a recent survey of ASCD members said they use digital content in the classroom. Data show 75% use laptops and 62% use tablets for delivering the content. The survey also offers insights about potential roadblocks to digital-content adoption.
eSchool News (free registration) (4/11)


Also the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Report: Blended learning can reengage high-school dropouts

Blended learning may be an effective strategy to reengage students who have dropped out, according to an analysis by the America’s Promise Alliance. The report includes five findings to help guide such programs.
T.H.E. Journal (4/11)

A guide to blended learning PD
eSchool News (free registration) (4/12)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Governor Vetoes Virtual Education Bill – What Happens Next?

… Commonwealth were encouraged in 2015 when Governor McAuliffe signed HB 324, which created a statewide full time public K-12 virtual school.

Vista Grande seeks charter amendment for night school

Vista Grande High School is seeking an amendment to its charter to expand an online-based night school for young people who want to finish their …

JA Canada Launches Online School for Volunteers

With the initiation of the Royden Richardson Virtual School, volunteers will be able to successfully prepare online to deliver JA programs, as well as …

Louisiana’s online charter schools trying to fend off financial, other challenges

Even if they don’t pass, just broaching the topic with lawmakers has turned a light on the increasingly popular yet controversial virtual-school …

Enrollment open for Indian River Virtual school

The Indian River County School District has partnered with Florida Virtual School to develop and launch its own virtual school called Indian River …

Virtual school launching in Indian River County

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Four years after declining a virtual-school partnership with area districts, Indian River County is launching its own. School …

McAuliffe vetoes virtual schools, vouchers, student transfer bills

House Bill 518 would have required some school divisions to allow students at poorly performing schools to transfer elsewhere within the district.

McAuliffe vetoes Bell’s virtual schools bill

Gov. Terry McAuliffe Tuesday vetoed legislation setting up a statewide virtual school program, saying the legislation would create a new executive …

Crenshaw County Virtual School slated for May

With the pull of technology becoming more and more prevalent in society today, the Crenshaw County School System has decided to join the ranks of …

Migrants: virtual school via satellite kicks off

(ANSAmed) – AJACCIO (FRANCE), APRIL 8 – It is an emergency that often remains forgotten amid news of mass deaths at sea or new barriers at …

New Virtual Public School Coming To Arkansas

ARKANSAS (KFSM)– You may have heard of a virtual school before, but you’ve never heard of one quite like this, and it’s coming to Arkansas for the …

Louisiana’s online charter schools trying to fend off financial, other challenges

Senate Bill 149 threatens to cut funding for the stateÕs virtual schools by 50% even though they are public schools and should be funded at the same …

Governor Vetoes Virtual Education Bill – What Happens Next?

Governor McAuliffe has vetoed my legislation on virtual schools, House Bill 8. While I am disappointed with the Governor’s action, I am more resolute …

Pointe Coupee officials look ahead after defeat of school tax proposal

The failure of a 10-year property tax on Saturday that was supposed to generate the funds needed to support a $5,000 pay hike for teachers in Pointe …

Manatee County School Board hears updates to home education process after death of Janiya …

… but a portfolio of schoolwork, or satisfactory completion of work in the Florida Virtual School program can also count toward the annual evaluation.

School board holds first April meeting

… from Madison to Jefferson County and another student who transferred from Madison to Taylor County wanted to start Florida Virtual School.

JIM HIGHT: Profit threat to public education

Incidentally, Locker (2011) writes in “Virtual school in Tennessee may drain taxpayer funds” that “K-12 Inc. compensated its CEO more than $2.6 …

Coaches, ADs react to AHSAA’s decision to allow home-school students to play sports

The AHSAA measure allows home-school, charter school and virtual school students to play high school sports at the public school for which they are …

Today on Context Florida: Love & government, vote solar, America’s greatness and virtual public …

During high school, his son wanted to take an online course through the FloridaVirtual School (FLVS). He’d previously taken several FLVS courses …

Georgia Educator Named 2016 PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovator

… White, serves as technology coordinator at Creekland Middle School in Lawrenceville, GA as well as an adjunct teacher for Georgia Virtual School.

CCBOE to hire school resource officer

The policies include changes to data governance, virtual school and public participation during school board meetings. The board will vote on …

Virtual school, dual enrollment expansion possible for EHS

During a March 29 Enterprise Board of Education meeting, Dr. Brent Hanchey, director of secondary education, presented virtual school policy …

Watch the incredible moment pupils at Jackie Robinson School take to the field that once stood …

Every year on April 15th, Major League baseball players, coaches, managers and umpires wear the number 42 to remember Jackie Robinson.

AHSAA approves enrollment participation opportunities for non-traditional students

Non-traditional students include students who are home school students, virtual school students or students attending a charter school. The action was …

Ozark adopts virtual school policies

OZARK – The Ozark City School Board adopted policies on Thursday governing its offerings of a virtual school program and credit recovery. The state …

Enrollment loss reduction tops list

Some of the students who have chosen to leave the Keokuk School District are attending a virtual school, which consists primarly of online classes.

Lee County schools names 52 ‘Outstanding’ subject area teachers

School counselors: Sheri St. John, Gateway Elementary School; Rosa Skinner, Oak Hammock Middle School; Meredith Berry, Lee Virtual School.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber School Stirs Strife

A number of students in the Cameron County School District do not report to classes. Instead, they’re enrolled in “cyber school,” a controversial option …

Retirement, cyber school costs among Conneaut’s top budget challenges

CONNEAUTVILLE — Increases in district payments to the Pennsylvania Public Schools Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) and funding for …

Teachers present cyber school options at Lackawanna Trail School Board meeting April 11

Hopkins said that if a Trail student enters a cyber charter school in kindergarten and continues to the highest level of cyber school at $26,000 per year, …

Commentary: Time to fix state’s broken charter school finance law

Not one cyber school has received a passing grade of 70. Not one. The 2012 report reveals that school districts throughout the commonwealth could …


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