Virtual School Meanderings

July 16, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s EDWeek Update.

K12 Reaches Settlement With Calif. Attorney General, But Acrimony Remains

The oft-criticized online education provider K12 Inc. has reached a settlement agreement with California’s attorney general, who alleged the company misled parents about the academic record of charter schools it manages and exaggerated enrollment numbers. The company admitted no wrongdoing or liability. Read more.

Similarly, Education Week’s Industry and Innovation.

K12 Inc. Reaches Settlement With Calif. AG, But Acrimony Remains

The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris says K12 Inc. will pay a settlement of $8.5 million related to a complaint about false claims and advertising by the for-profit online education company. Read more.

(Marketplace K-12 – Now on EdWeek Market Brief)

Online Credit-Recovery Market Faces Scrutiny, and Providers Will Have to Adjust

School districts and vendors may need to rethink how they use and evaluate online-credit-recovery options after mounting criticism of these programs and changes to the federal education law. Preview this article on EdWeek Market Brief.

(EdWeek Market Brief)

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Ky. school district pays for home-schooled students to take virtual courses

Ky. school district to pay for homeschooled students to take virtual courses
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A school district in Kentucky is offering to pay for students who are home-schooled to take the district’s online courses. The courses cost about $100 per student, but if the students pass, the district receives state funding of about $3,200 per student, officials say.
Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (7/10)

Tenn. launches Digital Resources Library for high schools

Tenn. launches Digital Resources Library for high schools
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Tennessee’s Digital Resources Library, launched Tuesday, will provide access to digital course materials for 14 high-school subjects. Officials say the virtual library will allow school districts to divert resources to classroom technology, rather than textbooks.

The Huffington Post (7/12), The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (7/13)

Other News

Back to the regular the Google News alert for virtual school.

How many Alabama home-school students are playing high school football?

The Alabama High School Athletic Association passed legislation in April allowing home-school students – as well as charter and virtual school …

Texas Connections Academy holds Humble information session

Texas Connections Academy at Houston is a full-time statewide virtual school for students in grades 3–12 under the terms of the Texas Electronic …

ResponsiveEd Launches New Virtual School Comprehend Academy

Michael Wood, ResponsiveEd’s Director of Virtual Education, says the company found a need for a virtual school that can be adapted to each student …

Virtual School Holding Info Night in Humble

Texas Connections Academy is a free, full-time statewide virtual school for students in third through 12th grades. The school is a partnership between …

Why Virtual Schooling Can Transform Access To Education – Philanthropists Take Note

Philanthropy can be an incredible tool to help advance social change. Wealthy individuals and foundations can risk money in a way that governments …

Little Miami bills state $5M for charter schools

Most of those are online schools, including Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Greater Ohio Virtual School, Ohio Connections Academy and Ohio …

Attention Monroe County Students: If You Pass This Class You Get A Free Laptop

If high school students in Monroe County take and pass AP Computer Science from Florida Virtual School, they can keep the laptop they used to study.

Virtual School Holding Info Night in Humble

Humble, TX — Texas Connections Academy, a virtual public school, will hold an information session in Humble on Monday, July 25. The session will …

ResponsiveEd Launches New Virtual School Comprehend Academy

Michael Wood, ResponsiveEd’s Director of Virtual Education, says the company found a need for a virtual school that can be adapted to each student …

Facing tough questions from Calif. officials, virtual charterschool operator settles with attorney …

A national operator of online schools has agreed to pay $8.5 million in settlement costs and complete a long checklist of reforms at the 14 online …

A year later, school prayer lawsuit lingers in negotiations

Jake Bellar, then 17, enrolls for online classes last fall at Hoosier Academies-Virtual School from his New Chicago home after choosing to no longer …

Even in Virtual Classrooms, Teachers Build Bonds that Help Students Learn

Now, in a virtual school, I struggle to build a meaningful student-teacher relationship reaching the same impact in digital environment. A flood of …

How many Alabama home-school students are playing high school football?

The Alabama High School Athletic Association passed legislation in April allowing home-school students – as well as charter and virtual school …

Why Virtual Schooling Can Transform Access To Education – Philanthropists Take Note

However a new concept known as ‘online’ or ‘virtual’ schooling stands to … Teachers go to a physical school building – smaller than a traditional …

Little Miami bills state $5M for charter schools

Most of those are online schools, including Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Greater Ohio Virtual School, Ohio Connections Academy and Ohio …

Kentucky schools connect with homeschool kids via online courses

Wayne County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Allen Clark is … the Kentucky public school districts where officials now see virtual learning …

ResponsiveEd Launches New Virtual School Comprehend Academy

Micheal Wood, ResponsiveEd’s Director of Virtual Education, says the company found a need for a virtual school that can be adapted to each student …

Omaha Opening State’s First Public Virtual School — for Homeschoolers

The largest district in the state of Nebraska will be testing out the viability of a virtual school starting this fall. Omaha Public Schools is launching the …

State Moves to Shut Down Virtual Charter School

Administrative offices for ABLE Charter School, a virtual school that the state is attempting to close, are located in an office building on North Classen …

Charter School Must Pay California Millions

The complaint continues: “The virtual school defendants receive funds from the State of California every year to pay for the education of the …

Public school enrollment drops by 164

… regulations — enrollment has dropped by about 164 students in 22 schools (including virtual school) compared to the end of the school year.

LCS loses its A, but has no more F schools

Leon and Wakulla counties lost the coveted “A” grade, like all but three Florida school districts this year. Last year’s “A” is the only top grade Leon …

Letters to the editor, July 13: Charter schools

But after reading these groups’ recent deeply flawed virtual school report it wasn’t a shock. These self-proclaimed advocates are demanding arbitrary …

Adriana Ellis skipping senior season to enroll early at Stetson

After taking Virtual School classes in middle school and additional classes during her freshman and sophomore years at Lake Howell, only a few …

The Education Cooperative Partners With Pearson to Provide Online and Blended Learning …

… leader in online and blended learning launching TEC Online Academy in 2009 and sponsoring TECCA, the Commonwealth Virtual School in 2014.

Computer whizzes build virtual school

The coding club at Earls Colne Primary School has regular meet ups to build an online school programme. Governors and parents visited the school …

Virtual students eligible for high school sports next year

Other than not attending a brick-and-mortar institution, virtual-school athletes would be treated the same by the AHSAA. Rules governing eligibility and …

Auburn school board adds online learning policy

The policy was formed after the Alabama Legislature passed a bill in 2015 requiring schools to develop a virtual school plan by the 2016-2017 school …

EDUCATION: Inland schools expand summer classes

About 4,550 students are taking summer classes at the three high schools, plus the online Riverside Virtual School. “I’m taking this to get it out of the …

Stagnant school funding leaves Lawrence reaching into reserves

On top of stagnant funding, the legislature recalled an expected increase in virtual school funding. This leaves the district with over $600 thousand less …

Company with ties to NC virtual school accused of misleading parents in California

In a letter to state school board members in March, Medley said “higher withdrawals are not a testament to a virtual school’s quality but rather the …

State Says 3-Year-Old Probe into Virtual School Continues

Nearly three years ago, Gov. Mary Fallin requested an investigation into allegations of fraud against the state’s largest virtual charter school.

Gibraltar schools removed from state watch list; District has positive fund balance

Recently, Gibraltar Schools added a 1-1 technology based Elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) School, a Virtual school …

Cornerstone projects $3.2M deficit in 2016-17 budget

“The budget also includes an expansion of the Cyberstone Virtual School from Grades 10 to 12 to Grades 8 to 12, offering online education to students …

Auburn City Schools Board of Education renews contract for crossing guards

The Virtual Education Policy was formed after the Alabama Legislature passed a bill in 2015 requiring schools to develop a virtual school plan by the …

Summer Olympics Trivia Game Offers Fun, Interactive Learning Activity for Students of All Ages

This latest trivia challenge, available to the public, is inspired by Connections Academy’s Quiz Bowl Club, in which virtual school students across the …

40% of Osceola schools earned A or B in state grading

Four schools, Gateway and Poinciana High, Osceola Virtual School and Florida Virtual Academy, preliminarily earned an incomplete based on the …

Maine Connections Academy to Host Information Session In Portland for Prospective Families

It is recommended that families interested in virtual school submit an … visiting http://www.connectionsacademy.com/maine-virtual-school/enrollment.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

ALL-INTELLIGENCER BOYS TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cole Groetsch, Central Bucks South

“I liked it,” said Groetsch, who goes to cyber school because of his competitive tennis schedule. “It didn’t really compare to my Middle States play.

Stories you might have missed this weekend

… the biggest fraud in the nation” because “If you have a behavior problem, you enroll in a cyber school, and no one checks if you’re doing your work.

Cyber school tuition criticized as unfair

HARRISBURG — A festering dispute over the state’s 13 cyber schools, their funding and students’ sagging test scores is reigniting in Harrisburg.

Georgia Cyber Academy Student Crowned Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Queen

Damácia Howard, a rising 8th grader at Georgia Cyber Academy, won the Miss Georgia Pre-Teen National American Miss Competition on July 2, …

Judge opens cyber school for juvenile delinquents

A cyber school designed to reintegrate juvenile delinquents into society held its opening ceremony on Monday in a conference room of the Uijeongbu …

State needs more oversight of cyber schools

That little rhyme used to be the happy exclamation for students as they started their summer vacation each year. Today, it can have a completely …

North to Nationals: Trio of locals win titles at state finals

Gonzales, 18, is also a recent graduate of Dora Cyber School and placed second in goat tying and third in breakaway roping. “State finals didn’t go as …

 

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