Virtual School Meanderings

April 30, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Online learning gets personal

Students may improve their chances of success in massive open online courses if they take part in Learning Circles. Learning Circles allow students enrolled in online courses to meet and work together in person. Some libraries are playing a key role in the learning model.
KQED.org (4/25)

Digital learning director discusses OER for Common Core

Wash. state uses open educational resources for Common Core
(Pixabay)
Education leaders in Washington state have tapped open educational resources for teaching the Common Core State Standards. In this interview, Karl Nelson, director of the Digital Learning Department for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, describes the process.
T.H.E. Journal (4/27)

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

‘Virtual School’ on the way for Crenshaw County schools

The Crenshaw County School District is just months away from kicking off its new ‘virtual school.’ One year ago, the state legislature mandated that all …

Where does your child’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, …

Virtual school hosts informational event in Nampa

NAMPA — Nampa families considering educational options for their children have an opportunity to learn about how a virtual public school works.

Board of Education renames school in Forsyth County

The virtual school will still fall under the district’s Academies of Creative Education, which includes two schools — the renamed Forsyth Virtual …

Students attend 3-day model government session in Tallahassee

… Florida Virtual School & middle schools from St. Johns, Clay & Duval counties. Thirty-eight senior students went to Tallahassee with bills to debate.

Anne Arundel Schools Rank Among Maryland’s Best High Schools

Cross and Goose Creek High Schools were named to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best High Schools list. Canastota Central School District …

Halt expansion of virtual schools because of poor academic results, report says

“Half of the student population in a virtual school for a long time was a drop out student,” he said. “We’re still kind of seeing the results of that in the …

Forsyth High School Gets a New Name

Susan Atkins, the director of the school, said the renaming is part of a rebranding of sorts for the virtual school. She said she’s run into many people in …

Letters to the editor, April 26

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 can …

SCHROCK: ‘Personalized education’ is impersonal education

Similar to the virtual school, teachers and classmates are irrelevant. But any good teacher knows that teachers and classmates are not irrelevant, but …

Halt expansion of virtual schools because of poor academic results, report says

Michigan’s virtual schools largely lag behind traditional brick-and-mortar schools, and lawmakers should stop or slow their growth until reasons for …

‘Virtual School’ on the way for Crenshaw County schools

The Crenshaw County School District is just months away from kicking off its new ‘virtual school.’ One year ago, the state legislature mandated that all …

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

Seeking to rectify the fact that “little is known about the inner workings of [virtual and blended learning schools],” the National Education Policy has …

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 school hosts informational event in Nampa

NAMPA — Nampa families considering educational options for their children have an opportunity to learn about how a virtual public school works.

Virtual Charter Schools Perform Worse Than District Schools, Report Says

Charter schools and for-profit management companies make up the majority of thevirtual schooling sector, according to a new report from the National …

Expert: For-profit virtual schools “terrible” at educating our children

Virtual schools or blended schools that combine virtual and traditional face-to-face teaching are a national trend. However, according to a study from …

New Report Critical of Virtual and Blended Schools

A new national report finds that participation in online and blended learning schools is increasing, despite evidence that students are struggling in …

Board of Education renames school in Forsyth County

The virtual school will still fall under the district’s Academies of Creative Education, which includes two schools — the renamed Forsyth Virtual …

Academy to hold PB meeting about virtual school

Arkansas Connections Academy, a virtual public school for students in K through ninth grades, will hold an information session at noon Wednesday, …

Michelle Mueller: Check out virtual schooling before Friday deadline

If you have a student like this, I encourage you to consider virtual school as an option. Our open enrollment window closes Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. To …

That bad dream about being unable to finish test? Hundreds of Georgia students living it.

More on the GA virtual school, we constantly get bounced out of our AT & T service. I have upped it from 12 to 24. That doesn’t help because it gets …

Tampa businessman cautions against dismantling school choice in Florida

… the constitutionality of other school choice opportunities, such as taxpayer-funded Pre-K programs, charter schools and Florida Virtual School.

Community tries to get grip after Leesburg High School fights

Her next academic stop has yet to be determined, though Glover has consideredvirtual school and various charter schools among the options.

Junior Achievement goes big online

It’s called the Royden Richardson Virtual School for Volunteers. Launched this month after a year in development, its purpose is to help volunteers …

Highland Springs HS teacher earns national award

He also created the “HSHS Virtual School” (HSHS), a place for students and teachers to connect outside of school and collaborate on lesson plans …

Orlando virtual school laying off dozens of workers

Florida Connections Academy LLC, a virtual school for grade levels K-12, is laying of 80 employees at its Orlando location, according to the Florida …

Local schools awarded ‘recognition’ dollars based on student test scores

Twenty-two local schools will get a piece of the $134.6 million pie that is school recognition dollars — an initiative that annually awards schools for …

Alachua eSchool offers elementary students flexibility

Alachua eSchool invited families to its campus Wednesday to learn about the virtual school’s options for elementary schoolers. There was a …

JEDI information presented to Marshall School Board

… Dane Interactive Online Network (JEDI) gave a presentation to the Marshall School Board regarding its plans to begin an international virtual school.

Additional funding, concerns for districts with passage of education budget

The new Education Trust Fund Budget, that was signed into law on Tuesday, has $290 million in additional funding for the new fiscal year, marking the …

Top Scholars: Brevard Virtual School’s Jessica Knaffl

[More: See all of Brevard County’s 2016 Top Scholars]. Name: Jessica Knaffl. School: Brevard Virtual School. Age: 16. Hometown: Palm Bay.

New online school addresses tech needs

GREEN BAY – A Wisconsin technical college, a trade union and an online education provider have teamed to form a first-of-its-kind virtual school …

Florida education news: Spending, testing, school choice and more

ONLINE EDUCATION: Orlando-based virtual school Florida Connections Academy announces layoffs, the Orlando Business Journal reports.

Education Bulletin

This qualifies these schools for a Silver Medal recognition. Orange County Virtual School received bronze level recognition for their placement in the …

Students Taking Apex Learning Advanced Placement Courses Again Outpace National Average

… Advanced Placement (AP) exam across Apex Learning Virtual School AP courses was 68 percent, seven percentage points higher than the national …

Bates: Virtual school right choice for my daughter

Our public virtual school, Wyoming Virtual Academy, organizes ShaiLyn’s curriculum to her individual needs. Not every student has to be on the same …

Global Online Private School Opens Enrollment for 2016-17 School Year

Virtual school appeals to all types of students and families are choosing full-time and individual courses at iNaCA for a variety of reasons. According to …

East Lee High School 15-year-old to graduate in June

So when he finished his fifth-grade year, the Davis family eyed various middle school honors programs before settling on Lee Virtual School.

BVUSD Brings ‘Virtual Education’ to the Valley

Bear Valley Connections Academy is a high quality, high tech, high interaction, virtual ‘school without walls’ that brings out the best in every student …

School choice advocate makes compelling case for Tax Credit Scholarships in Tallahassee speech

Florida’s innovations like online education (through the Florida Virtual School), magnets, charters and dual enrollment programs between high schools …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Penn Hills district’s own cyber school program adds drop-in centers, grows enrollment

Penn Hills School District’s cyber school has been retooled with a new direction and room for growth. C.H.I.E.F.S. Academy — Cyber High Quality …

West Perry School District faces dire finances

It was estimated that each student who transfers to an outside cyber school costs the district $8,000 in funding. To combat this, the district has created …

Boards gear up for schooling on cybersecurity

… plenty of smart money around, but finding patient investors is a challenge. New LG phone finds a few friends · Boards gear up for cyber school …

Penn Hills district’s own cyber school program adds drop-in centers, grows enrollment

Penn Hills School District’s cyber school has been retooled with a new direction and room for growth. C.H.I.E.F.S. Academy — Cyber High Quality …

Halt expansion of virtual schools because of poor academic results, report says

Rick Snyder signed legislation that incrementally lifted the cap on the number of cybercharter schools allowed in Michigan. Currently, the state’s …

Changes coming to Sharpsville Schools to avoid tax increase

Also, starting a blended school will help the deficit. “Meaning that, those kids currently in cyber school, we’re gonna bring some back and let go to our …

Conneaut School District leaders discouraged by low turnout of budget town halls

Eighteen mills of tax revenues are due to PSERS and charter cyber school costs, and the district has no control over PSERS and charter cyber school …

Stroudsburg School District looking at cyber program; teachers want fair compensation

He said there are 43 students who would be willing to be a part a district cyber school, equating to a savings of $800,000 a year. The district stopped …

Millersburg School Board delays district-wide cuts

“You are complaining that students are going to cyber school, and my mom wanted to send me there, but I said no because I like it here. These cuts go …

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