Virtual School Meanderings

July 23, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News.

This district’s blended learning program is putting struggling readers back on track

A blended approach is helping reading intervention students transition to grade-level classes in a semester or less.

Next, Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Ohio’s Largest Cyber Charter Loses Bid to Block Attendance Audit

The 15,000-student Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow warned it may be forced to close if its funding is adjusted to reflect actual student login times. Read more.
(Digital Education)
Montana’s Online Credit Recovery Program Scrutinized by Researchers

A new report on enrollment and course-passage patterns at the Montana Digital Academy is the latest look by researchers at the effectiveness of online credit recovery. Read more.
(Digital Education)

Moving on to the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

USDA grants help rural schools boost web-based learning
Rural communities in 32 states have received grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture to establish web-based learning programs. About $235 million has been spent on 713 such projects since 2009.
T.H.E. Journal (7/18)

Superintendent shares digital-learning strategies
Mark Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District near Charlotte, N.C., has led the district’s digital-learning efforts, which have become a national model. In this interview, he discusses ways others can replicate their methods.
The Hechinger Report (7/20)

Survey: Majority of online college students satisfied with courses

Survey: Majority of online college students satisfied with courses

Ninety percent of online students say they prefer virtual classes and find them just as satisfying as traditional campus courses, according to a report from Learning House and Aslanian Market Research. The top factor in choosing a program was tuition price, and 68% of students take less than four weeks to select a program, the survey found. (7/20)


Other News

Similarly, the ASCD K-12 Leadership SmartBrief.

Teachers have power over curriculum with OER

Open educational resources give teachers more power over curriculum, asserts Matthew Miller, superintendent of Mentor Public Schools in Ohio. In this blog post, he writes that OER allows teachers to craft lessons that are interactive, relevant and easily updated.
SmartBrief/Education (7/19)

Also, the Connected Educator SmartBrief.

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual school sets information session

Texas Connections Academy (TCA), a virtual public school for students in 3rd through 12th grades, is offering parents in the Katy area the opportunity …

NH pays its main e-school for what kids learn, not just enrolling or logging in

EXETER, New Hampshire – The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in New Hampshire gets no money simply because a student enrolls in the …

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

Raleigh, N.C. — A company with ties to a North Carolina virtual charter school has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the state of California …

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 …

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 …

Virtual school reaches settlement with California

Online school K12 Inc. has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the state of California that includes no finding or admission of liability or wrongdoing …

Virtual students eligible for high school sports next year

Those nontraditional students include those who are home-schooled and students attending virtual schools, and will eventually include charter school …

State says 3-year-old probe into virtual school continues

Mary Fallin requested an investigation into allegations of fraud against the state’s largest virtual charter school. State agents launched the probe of …

Virtual school sets information session

Texas Connections Academy (TCA), a virtual public school for students in 3rd through 12th grades, is offering parents in the Katy area the opportunity …

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 …

Computer whizzes build virtual school

The coding club at Earls Colne Primary School has regular meet ups to build … Governors and parents visited the school on Monday, July 11 to look …

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 …

ProctorU Announces New Partnerships with Innovative Institutions

FVS is the largest and most successful state virtual school in the nation. It offers both full-time and part-time virtual options for Florida students, as well …

Suwannee School District receives a C

Suwannee Virtual School and RIVEROAK Technical College do not receive school grades due to the limited number of students that are served per …

Young drivers shown the horror of a car crash using Samsung Gear VR headsets

Google has promoted its homespun Cardboard VR headset as an educational tool for some time with gimmicks such as virtual school trips to famous …

Education Savings Accounts Are the ‘Pokémon Go’ of Education Reform

… choose to pay for a single class or multiple classes in their local public school, a private school, a virtual school or purchase curriculum for self-study.

Kelley new CHHS principal

… with an act passed by the Alabama State Board of Education that requires a virtual school option for eligible students in ninth through twelfth grades.

‘I will lose three years of hard work’: Death ‘midwives’ give up title after cease and desist letter

Cassandra Yonder, who runs the BEyond Yonder Virtual School for Death Midwifery in Canada out of her home in Cape Breton, N.S., likes the term …

Longwood Elementary School reopening


“Good to be home”: Hall named new CHS principal

… principal Elton Bouldin who announced his retirement in June after the school board transferred him to head the district’s new online virtual school.

Kim Hall named principal at Cullman High

Former principal Elton Bouldin recently announced his retirement after the school board transferred him to head the district’s new online virtual school.

In contrast to Ohio, New Hampshire virtual school is paid for results

Ohio’s virtual school is battling the state over the $108 million it received in state funding, arguing the state changed its rules mid-year by requiring the …

Virtual school appeals to Elko families

Virtual school appeals to Elko families. HASANI GRAYSON· Hasani Grayson. 4 hrs ago; 0. Nevada Connection Academy.

CMS approves Peocs Academy rental agreement

The virtual school will move into a building on the east side of Puckett Elementary for the 2016-2017 academic year, giving it space for an office and …

Athens school board to consider inmate education tonight

Since Athens initiated the program, Mobile County Schools stepped up to accept jailed students there into their virtual school, an action Holladay said …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber school expansion continues for Penn Hills School District

Penn Hills officials continue to expand a new elementary cyber school program as a way to encourage students to stay within the district instead of …

Public, cyber schools face uneven costs

In early June, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School celebrated 1,300 new graduates who had completed their scholastic coursework without setting …

State needs more oversight of cyber schools

Reportedly, Pennsylvania has 13 cyber charter schools that provide online services to 36,000 students. Of the 35 states that allow online schools, the …

Students from county graduate from public cyber charter school

Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA), a public cyber charter school serving more than 9,000 students statewide, held four graduation ceremonies …

Livingston Classical Academy Principal Admits Cyber Status Only Pursued To Gain Charter …

The first of three parent orientations for a controversial cyber charter school was heldMonday night. The Livingston Classical Cyber Academy will be …

Cyber school expansion continues for Penn Hills School District

Penn Hills officials continue to expand a new elementary cyber school program as a way to encourage students to stay within the district instead of …

Moon Area School board establishes cyber program, hires athletic director

MOON TWP. — The Moon Area School Board unanimously approved a motion Monday establishing the cyber school system for the district. The Moon …

Harford Agricultural Society Scholarship Award applications dueSept. 1

… Casey Purdum, a Blue Ridge grad attending Cornell University; Madeline Mitchel, a PA Cyber School grad attending New Tribes Bible Institute.

COO of Pa. Cyber Charter School promoted to CEO

Nicole Granito will serve in that role “as the board assesses appropriate means to appoint a full-time replacement,” PA Cyber’s school board said in a …

In defense of cyber schools

Tajya, Dimitria and I received a quality education at a cyber school and nothing will lessen that. Kyra Smith-Cullen is a copy editor for The Daily Item.


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