Virtual School Meanderings

August 20, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

6 ways to ensure public virtual schools serve all students
virtual schools

States are getting federal guidance to make sure students with disabilities attending public virtual schools receive the special education and supports they deserve. In a letter to states, the U.S.…

Similarly, the eSchool News’ Innovation Weekly.

This city’s blended learning program has led to a big culture shift
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A four-year-old blended learning push in one major city is changing how teachers lead their classrooms — and it seems to be working.

Next, the ASCD SmartBrief.

Virtual programs aim to fill need for college guidance

Data show the ratio of guidance counselors to students exceeds the American School Counselor Association’s recommendation of no more than 250 students per counselor. Virtual guidance-counseling services seek to fill the gap, with some focusing on connecting students from low-income families with counseling services.
The Hechinger Report (8/17)

Also the ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief.

Federal special-ed rules apply to virtual, online schools

States and districts implementing virtual and online schools still must meet all the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, according to a memo from the US Department of Education. Officials say more guidance is coming, but they emphasized that all students must be included in tests and given the accommodations they need.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/12)

And, the Connected Educator SmartBrief.

Can online-only education replace traditional school models?

Using virtual schools as full replacements for face-to-face learning may impede student performance, according to a study by New York University professor June Ahn. The study considered an Ohio virtual-school program, where students who enroll in the system must then take all their classes online.
The Hechinger Report (8/10)

Moving on to the Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Ohio Department of Education, Keep Your Word. Keep ECOT open.Online Ohio Charter Takes Feud With State Ed. Department to Airwaves

A cyber charter operator lashes out in two television spots after a judge rules that student login records must be released for a state audit. Read more.

Back to the Google News alert for virtual school.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Chiefs report smooth return

He’s also very pleased by other new programs, including the virtual school and Success Academy, which replaced the Ombudsman drop-out …

Online Classes Help Leon’s Grade Rate Soar As District Defends Its Methods

… students who didn’t finish by that May graduation date but he finished over the summer,” says Leon County Virtual School Principal, Jessica Lowe.

Study highlights limitations of Ohio’s virtual school

A new study by New York University Professor June Ahn, published by the Fordham Institute, highlights the limits of Ohio’s statewide virtual school, …

High-fives for Indy kids on the way into school Monday morning

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – A group whose main goal is to inspire and encourage students is back at work this school year. Students at Carl Wilde …

Online Classes Help Leon’s Grade Rate Soar As District Defends Its Methods

They include programs from Pasco County’s virtual school, the long-standing Florida Virtual School and a program called Edmentum. The district has …

School Starts Today and Online P.E. Is as Dumb as It Sounds

Last year, 3,777 Broward high school students took the one mandatory year of P.E. through Florida Virtual School. In theory, the “Health Opportunities …

Students Prepare for the Future at Destinations Career Academy of Colorado

As the only career-focused virtual school in the state of Colorado, students attending the school learn career and employment skills while still in high …

More students left Worcester through school choice in ’15-’16 than previous year

Thirty students also used school choice to enroll in the TEC Connections Academy public virtual school, double the number who attended the …

Decatur Township unveils virtual school program

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – With each new school year comes a new … side, where students now have the opportunity to sign up for virtual school.

Study highlights limitations of Ohio’s virtual school

A new study by New York University Professor June Ahn, published by the Fordham Institute, highlights the limits of Ohio’s statewide virtual school, …

Decatur Township launches new virtual school to compete with charter schools and other options

Decatur Central High School students work on a problem during a Physics of Transportation class. Beginning this year, K-12 students can participate …

Study says Ohio’s virtual charters can’t replace the traditional school experience

Virtual charter schools can give students who are falling behind in traditional schools a chance to find success in an alternative learning environment.

Virtual Schools Market Expected to Grow 29% Through 2019

The American virtual schools market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 29.02 percent through 2019, according to a new …

Virtual schools need to serve students with disabilities – Education officials

Students with disabilities who attend virtual public schools should get the same quality education they would find in a traditional school, Education …

Virtual learning offered to Thomasville students

The city school system rolled out the CITY virtual school program this year. (Source:WALB) … On the first day of school there were 21 students enrolled.

6 ways to ensure public virtual schools serve all students

States are getting federal guidance to make sure students with disabilities attending public virtual schools receive the special education and supports …

US Education Department Releases Guidance on Education of Children with Disabilities Attending …

The guidance focuses on specific requirements in the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for public virtual schools. IDEA is the law that …

Caddo Virtual Academy making it “personal for students”

Some parents won’t have to worry about dropping their child off at school in Caddo Parish Monday. Northwest Louisiana has a new virtual high school …

Decatur Township launches new virtual school to compete with charter schools and other options

The “MyLearning Virtual School” will open this fall and district leaders say it will give central Indiana families an option that will suit some of their …

Bangor Township Virtual School serves Midland students

Bangor Township Virtual School, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-12 in Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Gladwin, Arenac and …

Rise & Shine: State lawmakers propose more frequent background checks for educators

Decatur Township launches new virtual school to compete with charter schools and other options. Chalkbeat, WTHR. TRANSITIONS TO COLLEGE …

92% of Hoosier Academies Students Benefitted Academically from Curriculum in 2015-2016

… a public charter school that offers a blended program (Hoosier Academy Indianapolis) and a fully online program (Hoosier Academy Virtual School), …

Homeschooling a good option for St. Peter family

Kendra McBride’s family, Hays, subscribes to the K-12 online program through the Lawrence Virtual School. McBride said she put together her own …

Virtual School opens enrollment

BAY CITY – Bangor Township Virtual School, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-12 in Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Gladwin, …

‘Offer schools incentives’ to admit children in care

Alan Clifton is chair of the National Association of Virtual School Heads. So called ‘virtual school heads’ are appointed to individual schools to promote …

New rules, amendments in effect for Alabama high school sports

… gives athletic eligibility to nontraditional students — including home school students, virtual schoolstudents and students attending a charter school …

Mayport Jumps Into New School Year

Mayport Jumps Into New School Year. Posted: Wed, 08/17/2016 – 2:46pm. Students get knapsacks from representatives from Florida Virtual School at …

NAHL signs two-year agreement with Apex Learning Virtual School

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce the continuation of their partnership with Apex Learning Virtual School to serve …

Fayetteville’s first day includes beginning of online school

As the school year has neared, the family has realized the virtual school will require more consistent Internet access than anticipated. Lever and her …

School adds online classes in response to new vaccination laws

She said between their home school program and the virtual school they have about 50 students. So far about half are vaccinated, something that …

Home-school athletes can play at Alabama public schools

There are rules Williams and other home school, charter school, and virtual school students will have to follow. In Mobile, a school system …

Home-school athletes can play in Alabama public schools

The measure allows home school, charter school and virtual school students to play high school sports. There are requirements, including playing at …

Lighthouse Academy breaks barriers with bilingual school

The School District compensates somewhat by offering classes through its virtualschool. Florida Statutes limit opportunities, yet put pressure on …

Back to (home)school: Christian home-schooled families explore options at expo

… tutors and other academic providers included online courses from the Florida Virtual School, specialized classes such as the Mathnasium of Naples, …

Empowering Students Through Technology

She is the technology coordinator at Creekland Middle School and adjunct teacher for Georgia Virtual School. Shana was recently named 2016 PBS …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

East Penn seeks to improve performance of cyber students with new vendor

Hoping to improve the performance of its cyber school students, East Penn School District is planning to change vendors and offer in-school tutoring to …

Cyber school hosting Pokemon Go flash mob

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP – A Michigan cyber school is hosting a Pokemon Go flash mob this evening at the Meridian Historical Village. The Pokemon Go …

Cyber Academy of South Carolina Begins 2016-2017 School Year August 23

Students at Cyber Academy of South Carolina (CASC), an accredited, full-time, online public charter school, will begin their 2016-2017 school year on …

Laurel establishes cyber academy

The Laurel School District is partnering with the Seneca Valley School District to provide slots for cyber service for the newly established Laurel Cyber …

91% of Georgia Cyber Academy Students Benefitted Academically in 2016

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Students at Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), an accredited, full-time, online public charter school, will begin their …

Georgia lacks clear policy for counting online attendance

Two of the schools, Georgia Connections Academy and Graduation Achievement Charter High School, agreed with the findings. Georgia Cyber …

As one door closes in Pa., another opens for cyber charter company

The precocious computer science major used to be a spokesperson for Commonwealth Connections Academy, Pennsylvania’s second-largest cyber …

Why this school director is fired up about charter school ads

Bethlehem school board member Dean Donaher wants the public to know … Bethlehem projects spending $26 million on charter and cyber school …

East Penn seeks to improve performance of cyber students with new vendor

Hoping to improve the performance of its cyber school students, East Penn School District is planning to change vendors and offer in-school tutoring to …

ow can we improve the performance and accountability of Pennsylvania cyber charters?

Those commercials were very effective, especially if you were an executive at K12 Inc., a for-profit company contracted to manage the cyber school.

 

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