As I mentioned on Monday, Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger has issued a 7 Days to Getting Your Blogging Groove Back challenge. I told my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom students that I would do my best to participate in this challenge fully – as a way to model different things you can do to ensure that you have a consistent stream of original blog entries.
So Darren has posted the sixth challenge for this week – Create a Discussion Starter. For my EDTECH537 students, this is the same thing as a “Discussion Entry.”
As I have been participating in this challenge, I have blogged about the state of cyber charter schooling in Ohio (see 7 Day Groove Challenge – Story Entry: ECOTs and the Cyber Charter School Racket). Over the past few weeks, I have seen a couple of items posted in Education Week about this issue – although not necessarily specifically about the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT.
- Ohio’s Largest Cyber Charter Loses Bid to Block Attendance Audit
- Lackluster Showing for Ohio Virtual Schools in New Study
Essentially, these two items talk about the fact that cyber charter schools are being audited about overstating their attendance in an effort to get more state funding, and how these same cyber charter schools continue to perform quite poorly compared to brick-and-mortar charter schools and traditional public schools. Notions that have been simmering in Ohio (and Pennsylvania for that matter) since the early 2000s.
I continue to wonder, and am asking honestly now, why does the public (and by extension those elected to represent the public) continue to allow this to happen?