Virtual School Meanderings

April 23, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Education Week’s EdWeek Update.

Virtual, Blended Schools Growing Despite Struggles, Analysis FindsVirtual, Blended Schools Growing Despite Struggles, Analysis Finds

Roughly 300,000 students are enrolled in virtual and blended schools, but proficiency rates and graduation rates lag well behind traditional schools, according to the NEPC. Read more.

(Digital Education)

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Report: Enrollment up at virtual, blended schools

student, computer, blended learning. virtual learning
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More students in the US are enrolling in virtual and blended-learning schools, according to data from the National Education Policy Center. However, graduation rates at such schools continue to lag far behind rates at traditional schools, prompting some to call for policymakers to take action.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (4/20)

Schools and Social Media

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Kansas school finance hangs over upcoming veto session

TOPEKA — The Legislature soon will have to decide how far to press toward creating a new school finance formula this year, with a court ruling on the …

Ozark adopts virtual school policies

OZARK – The Ozark City School Board adopted policies on Thursday … McInturf addressed concerns by board members that the virtual school option …

Baldwin County virtual school program growing in popularity

Leaders with the Baldwin County Board of Education toured the system’s “virtual school” facility Monday, April 18, 2016. It was the first of its kind in the …

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 …

California Virtual Academies: Is online charter school network cashing in on failure?

The TV ads pitch a new kind of school where the power of the Internet allows gifted and struggling students alike to “work at the level that’s just right for …

Lee County schools names 52 ‘Outstanding’ subject area teachers

She, just like all the teachers at the school, had been asked to create …. World language teachers: Joanne Weiner (Middle), Lee Virtual School; Shelly …

Coaches, ADs react to AHSAA’s decision to allow home-schoolstudents 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 …

irtual learning makes lessons come alive for Utica students

She and other students at the school demonstrated new zSpace Virtual Reality Labs that were installed earlier this year at Ebeling and three other …

Pointe Coupee officials look ahead after defeat of school tax proposal

The School Board’s 10-mill tax proposal, estimated to generate an additional $4.5 million … The district also has started a virtual school, he added.

Baldwin County virtual school program growing in popularity

Leaders with the Baldwin County Board of Education toured the system’s “virtual school” facility Monday, April 18, 2016. It was the first of its kind in the …

California Virtual Academies defend online charter schools as model of school choice

“You would hope that an online virtual school — especially one run by a for-profit company — would only have the opportunity to grow with really …

As FWC Highlights Online Options, Some Also Want Boater Safety Taught In Schools

We work with Florida Virtual School to get an online class designed and certified that high school kids can take that gives them credit and it’s a boating …

Personnel changes abound during Demopolis BOE meeting

In other action the board approved a policy for a virtual school that was introduced at its March meeting. As part of the procedure, Kallhoff conducted a …

School board OKs policy for virtual school

The Alexander City Board of Education unanimously approved a policy for its virtual school, which it began offering at the beginning of the school year, …

Virtual School gets contract renewed but only for a year

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education renewed a contract with Virtual School of Ohio at its April 12 meeting, but for only one year instead of three.

Virtual and Blended Learning Schools Continue to Struggle and to Grow

“Measures of school performance consistently show virtual school outcomes that lag significantly behind those of traditional brick-and-mortar schools,” …

DCS BOE approves big changes in personnel, tech

The board also approved several items related to technology within the school system, including a Virtual School Policy and a process for replacing …

Opp BOE OKs online classes for students

Superintendent Michael Smithart said that in 2015, legislators passed an act that requires boards of education to provide a virtual school option for …

Take your students to places a school bus can’t

Google Expeditions’ programme is currently visiting schools around the world, including Ireland, to pilot their new Expeditions Pioneer Program.

Virtual and Blended Learning Schools Continue to Struggle and to Grow

“Measures of school performance consistently show virtual school outcomes that lag significantly behind those of traditional brick-and-mortar schools,” …

Virtual Charter Schools Perform Worse Than District Schools, Report Says

The NEPC’s fourth annual report profiles in detail the makeup of the virtual school sector, which has grown to include students across district schools, …

National Education Policy Center Report Urges Stopping the Expansion of Virtual Schools

The report found that large, for-profit providers dominate the virtual school market. Districts are building their own virtual schools, but these tend to be …

New Report Critical of Virtual and Blended Schools

For-profit, educational management organizations (EMOs) dominate the full-time,virtual school sector and are increasing their market share, the report …

Where does your chid’s school rank?

Orange County Virtual School also received recognition for its placement in the top-third in the country, the district said. Schools are awarded gold, …

Embattled education cooperative calls it quits

The Platte-based organization operates online distance learning classes and is one of the providers for the South Dakota Virtual School.

TNReady has been a complete disaster

For this reason, he struggles on the writing assessment portion of the state test each year, but does well in the virtual school environment where he …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

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

Sperry also criticized the high cost of privately run cyber charter schools. These online programs charge the school district more than $10,000 per …

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, …

Valley cyber schools receive awards

The Capital Area Online Learning Association recently recognized two Valley cyber schools as model programs. The Harrisburg area-based …

LT looks into cyber academy

The Lackawanna Trail School Board on Monday heard from three of its high school faculty members interested in creating a district-sponsored cyber …

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

Probably the greatest flaw in the state’s charter school finance law comes in the area of cyber charter schools. Cyber charter schools – which are …

Changes coming to Sharpsville Schools to avoid tax increase

“Meaning that, those kids currently in cyber school, we’re gonna bring some back and let go to our elective courses,” Ferko said. Adjustments to class …

 

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