Virtual School Meanderings

February 18, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.


When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars

innovate to educate

Innovation doesn’t simply involve throwing technology into a classroom. It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world. In the…

Next, the semi-regular ASCD SmartBrief.

How will you mark Digital Learning Day?

How will you mark Digital Learning Day?
Digital Learning Day is Feb. 23. The instructional technology team for an Illinois school district is working to engage educators and students in the event through hashtags, a districtwide Digital Learning campaign and a Connected Classroom website.
T.H.E. Journal (2/16), (2/15)

iNACOL report highlights personalized learning

iNACOL report highlights personalized learning
Educators are personalizing learning to help students excel and thrive, says Susan Patrick, president and CEO of iNACOL, which recently released a report on the topic. The report highlights five schools’ approaches to personalized learning.

eSchool News (free registration) (2/16)


Other News

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Survey: Online students pay more for classes

Survey: Online students pay more for classes
Students taking online college courses are paying more than students who take the courses on-campus, according to a survey from the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. Some administrators of distance-education programs say some costs are higher to produce online courses and those costs are passed on to students in the form of fees or increased tuition. (2/17)


 Why some students struggle in virtual charter schools

Virtual charter schools tend to draw students who struggle with performance, according to a study from New York University and the Rand Corp. Researchers say part of this struggle is due to poor support and suggest a federal study aimed at rethinking the framework for these schools.

USA Today (2/16)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

NC students increasingly turn to virtual schools, but issues remain

North Carolina was one of the first states to have a statewide virtual school. Advocates say online classes give students the opportunity to take courses …

Fayetteville virtual school adds 4 grades for 2018-19

Fayetteville Virtual Academy opened this school year and has about 60 students in fourth through eighth grades. The academy in 2017-18 will add …

Columbia Virtual School’s Request to Stay Open Denied

Columbia, SC (WLTX) – A state board has denied a request for a Columbia-based virtual charter school to remain open following the end of the current …

NC virtual charter schools report lower withdrawal rates after change in legislation

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina’s two virtual charter schools reported lower student withdrawal rates this year, due in part to recent legislation that …

Online charter gets new look, new plan

The state’s first virtual charter school is changing its name and structure. Louisiana Connections Academy will be known as University View Academy.

After state issues relaxed regulations, virtual charter dropouts plunge

The new data was presented to members of the Charter School Advisory Board … Top administrators for the state’s two virtual charter schools boasted …

School districts make pitch for open enrollment

Pelz noted some families have previously enrolled out to attend virtual school and the district is working to get them to enroll into Beloit’s virtual school …

Are home-school athletes flocking to play public-school sports? See AHSAA stats

The Alabama High School Athletic Association passed legislation in April 2016 to allow home-school students – as well as charter and virtual school …

Florida Virtual School Boosts CTE

The Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a statewide online public school, has developed two new courses to round out its career and technical education …

School board considers Department of Juvenile Justice facility

Mitchell said they plan to provide the education through virtual school with the possibility of an academic teacher, an ESE teacher and a career and …

Florida Virtual School model shows online learning can be engaging

The eSchool Media and Xirrus Innovate to Educate awards program has identified the Florida Virtual School as a community winner for its strategy …

Partnership delivers online high school courses

LearnON is a partnership between St. Clair County RESA and Michigan Virtual School, said Kevin Miller, the director of administrative services for the …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Growing cyber charter school moving to bigger digs

Commonwealth Charter Academy COO Tom Longenecker, left, and CEO Maurice Flurie are spearheading the public cyber charter school’s move into …

School districts voice opposition to property tax elimination

“At Wissahickon, like other Montgomery County school districts represented here today, it is … Concerns about cyber charter schools were also raised.

Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver

But having access to an online charter school has been a great help. … Cyber schools are independent entities that deliver most or all of their program …

Snyder: Cut funding for cyber charter schools

Cyber charter schools could see their funding cut under a budget proposal released today by Gov. Rick Snyder. The funding cut, if approved by the …

Area schools work to improve, maintain graduation rates

Ringgold High School student Montell Carlock does class work in the cyberschool lab. The district has a cyber program with a lab at school with …

Some Montgomery County school districts oppose property tax elimination

6 press conference at Souderton Area School District’s E. M. Crouthamel Elementary …. Concerns aboutcyber charter schools were also raised.

PA Cyber Charter School founder Trombetta seeks to hold prosecutors in contempt

… guilty to tax conspiracy in connection with siphoning off some $8 million from the cyber school he founded and related corporate entities he created.

Norwin School Board may raise property taxes to cover $2.2M projected deficit

An increase in pension, health care and cyber school costs coupled with only a slight increase in state aid may push the Norwin School Board to raise …

Dallas School Board address impacts of strike, snow days on school calendar

The school board is looking at options to help the seniors earn the necessary credit hours, such as utilizing cyber school programs as well as having …

State school board president resigns over chimpanzee tweet

… Superintendent William Harner’s remark in the Inquirer on Sunday that it costs more to educate a student at a cyber school than a traditional school.

Centennial’s Mark B. Miller resigns post with state association after tweet

He noted that Centennial provides an online cyber school that costs one-third to one-fifth of what the charter schools cost. Miller said he submitted his …

An open letter on behalf of the cyber school community in Pennsylvania: PennLive letters

Early last week in Governor Wolf’s budget address, he addressed the continual deficit in Pennsylvania, referencing previous cuts to education funding.


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