Virtual School Meanderings

June 18, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s EdWeek Update

Charter Advocacy Groups Want Higher Standards for Online-Only Schools

A new report outlines the challenges facing the online-only schools and offers recommendations to hold their authorizers accountable for student performance and financial decisions. Read more.

(Charters & Choice)

Similarly, Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Large Pa. Cyber Charter Under Review for Data Irregularities

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is reviewing the operations, finances, and child-accounting practices of the troubled 8,500-student Agora Cyber Charter School. Read more.

(Digital Education)

Next, the semi-regular the ASCD SmartBrief.

4 Keys To Blended Learning Success
All approaches to blended learning have the same thing in common: a focus on empowering teachers to provide great student-centric instruction. Learn the basics, including common blended learning implementation models and 4 keys to success. Free white paper.

Also, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Report calls for action around virtual charter schools

Greater oversight is needed of virtual charter schools, according to a report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. The group asserts that state lawmakers should take action to address poorly performing virtual charter schools.
The Hechinger Report (6/16)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Despite poor performance, virtual schools see popularity rise

K12 Inc is the largest virtual school provider with nearly 100,000 students out of a total virtual school enrollment of 262,000 nationwide. While the …

Florida releases scores on mandated school exams

… Charter School in Weston, Somerset Academy Charter in Davie, the Broward Virtual School and William T. McFatter Technical High in Davie.

Stacie Batson named principal of Coopertown Middle School

Batson, who is currently the principal of the district’s virtual school program, has also served as coordinator of the Focus program. She holds a …

Pecos Connections Academy names first principal

CARLSBAD — Educator Jed Duggan has been asked to head New Mexico’s first K-8 virtual school, the Pecos Connections Academy. Duggan has …

TXVA Gives Student Alternative to Classroom’s Social Demands

While the social aspect of a virtual school concerned his parents at first, they now think it has improved his social skills because he is not constantly …

Arkansas’ second virtual school to launch this fall

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Online education is booming in Arkansas as parents look for the best option for their children. The state’s second virtual …

Maine virtual school features virtual commencement speaker

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A virtual high school in Maine has a high-profile virtual commencement speaker. Sen. Angus King will be addressing the …

Derby students among virtual school graduates

Kansas Connections Academy, an online public school serving students in grades K-12 across Kansas, recently graduated 59 seniors at a ceremony …

Despite poor performance, virtual schools see popularity rise

The number of schools offering full-time virtual instruction grew between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school year, along with the number of students …

Washington Virtual School Will Host In-Person Graduation Ceremony

TACOMA, Wash., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA), a tuition-free, online public school serving …

Florida releases scores on mandated school exams

Florida releases scores on mandated school exams … Charter in Davie, the Broward Virtual School and William T. McFatter Technical High in Davie.

Richmond School Board votes to become a part of regional computer science high school

The Richmond School Board voted unanimously Monday to back a new …. students in the virtual school in 13 of the 15 school districts,” Lane said.

LancasterOnline’s 2016 prom coverage concludes Friday evening with Pennsylvania Virtual …

Photographers from LNP and Lancaster Online have covered about two dozen proms being held by public, private, parochial, cyber and home schools …

Stacie Batson named principal of Coopertown Middle School

Batson, who is currently the principal of the district’s virtual school program, has also served as coordinator of the Focus program. She holds a …

Caddo Parish School Board approves virtual high school

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/1PHe4LC) the Caddo Parish School Board unanimously voted to create a virtual high school at a special session …

Hallsville ISD ‘suspends’ virtual school

“(The) Texas Education Agency allows for a district to suspend the virtual school for one year,” Collum recently said. “We have elected to take …

Cengage Learning Recognized at Clinton Global Initiative America for Workforce Training Efforts in …

Michigan Virtual University (MVU), one of the largest and leading nationally recognized supplemental virtual school programs in the country.

Michigan Virtual School Reaches out for International Students

Clintondale Community Schools, which operates Clintondale Virtual School, will work with long-time technology partner EDUonGo on the initiative.

School District has new digital study program

IR Virtual School adds a new dimension to education. Students can take a full or partial class load online, but still have access to local teachers and …

German in Warren: WHRHS Considers Online Alternative Concerned parent Catherine Neimeyer …

“They will be receiving a grade on their transcript but it comes from a virtual school; it is not appropriate for us to include that in the GPA as we don’t …

New football coach hired

The board voted 4-2 to move the 21st Century Learning Academy, the district’s e learning virtual school from a building in Mullinville to the Greensburg …

New hires announced at city BOE meeting, 4 percent raises approved

Board members also approved payment of $95,315.89 in May expenditures. Action on Virtual School policy and the high school handbook was tabled …

Crescent City school notes for June 15, 2016

Luce created a regional virtual school while superintendent in St. James Parish. He initiated a one-to-one laptop program for all grades 2-12 in the …

Charter School Groups Call Out Virtual Schools

“If Ohio leaders are serious about improving student outcomes for virtual-school students, they’d be wise to consider these recommendations,” Aldis …

Lawmakers Move Forward With Online Learning Revamp

“I think there’s a lot of potential in virtual school and in the courses it provides and the opportunities,” says Threewitt. “I think so many students would …

Personal changes made at Centre

Added a paragraph to the job description of supervised learning assistant forbidding simultaneous employment at another virtual school. Approved …

Charter school organizations take stand against virtual schools

The CEO of the massive virtual school earned more than $5.3 million in total compensation in 2015, according to SEC filings. Virtual charter schools …

Strait Regional School Board approves budget as enrolment continues to fall

The board also uses the Department of Education’s virtual school program, which offers some courses online for students in higher grades. “That’s not …

Kansas Democratic lawmakers come up with school funding plan

Democratic leaders say that includes freezing the virtual school funding for full-time students at the 2014-2015 funding level. “We have very few …

Avoyelles summer school could be thing of the past

Marksville High teacher Judd Dupuy is serving as coordinator of the Avoyelles ParishVirtual School Program. Student Information System Supervisor …

Competition for alternative ed on the horizon

For months, Ariel LaFountain struggled to find the school that met her needs. The teen bounced around, from Pennfield High School to a virtual school, …

St. Landry program for expelled students to be moved to Center for Academic Programs site

Students enrolled in the virtual school program at the center will now attend classes at the St. Landry Alternative Training School located north of …

Jockeying of transgender lawsuits

“If Ohio leaders are serious about improving student outcomes for virtual school students, they’d be wise to consider these recommendations.”.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Twins select outfielder Alex Kirilloff with 15th pick in MLB draft

While he attends Plum, he studies through Pennsylvania Cyber School, a public charter school with online courses. So some teams, during their due …

Districts’ only link to cyber charters: Money

Nationally, about 200 cyber charter schools serve 200,000 students, according to a series of reports published in October by the Center for Research ..

Twins select outfielder Alex Kirilloff with 15th pick in MLB draft

While he attends Plum, he studies through Pennsylvania Cyber School, a public charter school with online courses. So some teams, during their due …

Superintendents, Parents & State School Officials Raise Concerns Over Cyber School

Sifferman tells WHMI from Hartland’s perspective; Whitmore Lake has authorized a cyber school, which has now become a bricks and mortar school …

Victorias eyed as ‘cyber city’

“These people who are experts in computers are bringing one sister city from Israel to put up a cyber school here,” the mayor said, adding that they are …

National charter groups call for states to crack down on cyber charters

Education Plus Academy Cyber School voted in December to cease operations and surrender its charter. It was headquartered in Wayne. by Martha …

Stroudsburg School District hikes taxes over pleas for relief from property owners

He said the association is attempting to link the cyber school discussions to the negotiations in an apparent attempt to gain leverage in the ongoing …

Valley West School Board picks new superintendent

… unfunded and underfunded mandates, an increase in special education costs and increases in such areas as cyber school costs as necessitating …

Hard work, determination pay off for Crawford County GED graduates

“After that my mom kept me home and I did cyber school,” Ladner said. “I didn’t do well at first, but my second year I actually got bumped up a grade …

PENNS MANOR AREA: Board approves budget with no tax increase

Those dollars will go to funding education of students attending cyber school outside of the district, which can cost between $15,000 and $23,000 per …

 

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