Virtual School Meanderings

May 7, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Virtual, 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 a new report. Read more.

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Other News

Online special-education program offers tailored instruction, student management

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Local graduation rates above average

… High School — excluding students in Beloit Learning Academy, Roy Chapman Andrews Academy and Beloit Virtual School — was at 93.1 percent.

Parents can still choose schools after open enrollment ends

Rose Fernandez, a founder of Wisconsin Coalition for Virtual School Families, said parents really have a year-round option to transfer their children to …

Franklin School for the Performing Arts to launch academy

MAVA offers online learning for grades K-12 and is the first diploma-granting virtual school in Massachusetts. For information:; …

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.

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 …

Report: Virtual schools ‘lag significantly’

Virtual schools are growing in popularity, but unless those schools improve that online learning boom may not benefit America’s youth, says a new …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Tampa businessman cautions against dismantling school choice in Florida

East Berlin, he said, was like today’s traditional public school system … of allowing school choice, whether through charter schools, virtual schools or …

Parents can still choose schools after open enrollment ends

Rose Fernandez, a founder of Wisconsin Coalition for Virtual School Families, said parents really have a year-round option to transfer their children to …

Virtual high school students attend traditional prom

OCONOMOWOC – High school students enrolled in Wisconsin’s Virtual Academy, an online education program, will go to prom Saturday night.

Virtual school tours take students to the moon and back

‘So, girls, we’re going to the moon this morning,” says Fiona McKeever, a science teacher at Mount Sackville secondary school in Dublin. There’s …

Michigan’s Virtual Schools Expansion Could Cease After Poor Results

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

Prom: A brick-and-mortar piece of virtual ed

That sentiment suggested that the virtual school’s first foray into a physical prom will likely become a fixture. “Any time that you do something new you …

Online school offers alternative to public school

Margaret said it is good to be able to share that things like these are also available while enrolled in a virtual school. “Luis really enjoys attending the …

Education cuts prompt revolt, despair in Oklahoma

In the Tulsa suburb of Sapulpa, superintendent Kevin Burr is considering a proposal for as many as two “virtual” school days a week —where students …

New Virtual School hosts open house, virtual tour

With the unveiling of the newest addition to the Crenshaw County School System came an open house ceremony unlike others the county has seen.

Baton Rouge charter middle school heading toward contract renewal

On Thursday, the School Board also considered the best name for a virtual school of its own that is opening this fall. A naming committee held a public …

Fun floating for fast learning

… process, teamwork, active participation,” said Jeff Boulten, principal and teacher for Prairie South Virtual School. “Each boat is compared to the scale …

Decades later, virtual students join CHS parade of graduating seniors

“I saw the advertisement for the virtual school. I thought, well, I’m on disability because of my back. I just decided I got all this free time. Why not do it …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

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

When it comes to paying out for district students attending cyber charter schools, the Stroudsburg Area School District spends a lot. Unlike the rest of …

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

The cyber charter school cost to the district per pupil is $10,426.72. If the student is identified as special education, the cost rises to $20,358.32.

Trail School Board lays out $20.4M budget

Also, Bob McTiernan, Executive Director of IU 19, will give an overview of the NOLA cyber school program. According to Geronimo, the school district …

Staffing changes among suggestions to eliminate PENNCREST’s $5M-plus budget deficit

… realizing future savings from providing cyber school and alternative education services within the district and finding ways to reduce energy costs.

Shikellamy School Board works to reduce projected budget deficit

Deductions in cyber school costs, about $125,000, reduced student transportation of $50,000 and legal costs of $15,000 helped lower the overall …

UDA board faces tough choices

At the start of the meeting, board president David Barder talked about cyber school, saying that he doesn’t think it’s fair that school districts are paying …

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