Virtual School Meanderings

March 11, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

TODAY’S TOP NEWS
5 tips for getting blended learning right

blended learning

When implementing a blended learning model, it is important for schools to be aware of key components and steps to integrate into their plan. In “Five Tips for Getting Blended Learning Right,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Achieve3000, Julia Freeland Fisher, director of Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute,…

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Inflated enrollment may cost e-schools $80M

Nine online schools in Ohio may have to repay over $80 million received in state funding after an attendance audit showed they overreported their enrollment. One school countersued, claiming the state unfairly implemented new attendance-reporting guidelines retroactively, but a judge ruled against it.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/8)

Similarly, the Connected Educator SmartBrief.

Tips to make online teaching, learning social

Tips to make online teaching, learning social
(Pixabay)
Online learning, while convenient, sometimes can lead to feelings of social isolation, asserts Robyn Scott, an online English tutor. She shares five ways to help combat loneliness, including adding field trips and practical activities into the curriculum.
KQED.org (2/28)

 

Robots personalize distance learning

Robots personalize distance learning
(Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Sick and homebound students in a Maryland school district are using telepresence robots so they can continue learning even though they are physically unable to go to school. The robots provide a more personalized distance-learning experience, district officials say.
eSchool News (free registration) (3/3)

 

 

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

At Epic virtual schools, teacher bonuses soar while student achievement lags

Epic teacher Katie Biswell reads to students Corinne Schulte, 7 (left); Juliet Schulte, 8; and Luke Schulte, 5, at the public library in Sapulpa on Friday.

Michigan cyber charter school funding cuts proposed

Klochack said his virtual school would lose $2 million. While traditional schools have operating costs affected by buildings and school busses, …

Idaho Technical Career Academy Now Accepting Enrollment for 2017-18 School Year

MERIDIAN, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Idaho Technical Career Academy (ITCA), Idaho’s only career-focused virtual school, is now accepting …

Notre Dame Academy hooks up (virtually) with English sister school

Looking for a connection to a U.S.-based SNDdeN school, he reached out to Sister Kristin Hokanson, principal of Notre Dame Virtual School, which …

Randy Nelson: For 20 years, families have had choices

… since 1998, allows Wisconsin families to enroll children in a neighboring school district or public virtual school. In the nearly 20 years since it started, …

Indiana Connections Academy offers online choice for students, parents

Indiana Connections Academy Principal Melissa Brown said the virtual school uses a model of student support from the parent and an …

At Epic virtual schools, teacher bonuses soar while student achievement lags

The wild swings in teacher compensation at the state’s largest online charter school are due to an unconventional program that allows teachers to …

Jeb Bush encourages virtual and charter schools during Capitol visit

Bush also talked about the importance of virtual schools — classes offered online — and school choice in Missouri and the opportunities these options …

Michigan cyber charter school funding cuts proposed

Klochack said his virtual school would lose $2 million. While traditional schools have operating costs affected by buildings and school busses, …

Online Charter Schools Have Poor Track Record But They Can Reach Places Other Schools Can’t

Last year, a trio of groups supportive of school choice called for stricter oversight of virtual charters. This seems to have translated into legislative …

Student login: Aurora College is the first virtual high school in NSW

Just like most year 8 students, the highlight of Harry Bottero’s school day is often hanging out in the playground with his friends. The only difference is …

School funding formula plans vie for legislative approval

Operators of virtual schools said they oppose changes to funding for virtual schools within the plan. Current numbers within the formula would cut aid …

Notre Dame Academy hooks up (virtually) with English sister school

Looking for a connection to a U.S.-based SNDdeN school, he reached out to Sister Kristin Hokanson, principal of Notre Dame Virtual School, which …

New DPS Virtual E-School Aimed At High-Risk Students

Beginning this spring, Dayton Public high school students will be able to complete their studies online. The new Dayton Innovation Virtual Academy …

California Virtual Academies Now Accepting Enrollment for 2017-18 School Year

SIMI VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–California Virtual Academies (CAVA), 10 independent online public charter schools throughout the state, are …

South Carolina Virtual Charter School Enrollment Now Open for 2017-2018School Year

South Carolina Virtual Charter School (SCVCS), an accredited, full-time online public charter school, welcomes families with students in kindergarten …

Education

In-person and virtual information sessions, as well as a “Sneak Peek into Virtual School” video, are available for families interested in learning more …

Former Gov. Jeb Bush pushes charter schools

Jefferson City – Charter and virtual school advocates heard friendly comments for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who spoke on their behalf at the …

State School Superintendent Woods receives National Art Education Association award

… programs), and expanded the fine arts offerings of its Georgia Virtual School so students in all areas of the state have access to fine arts instruction.

Virtual Schools Market in North America Expected to Grow 13% by 2021

The report notes that the target audiences for the virtual school concept are parents with hectic schedules, people with a high mobility career, and …

Service, achievement define top high school seniors

English & Language Arts: Leteme Ashebo (Leon), Caitlin Bradbury (Virtual School), Sapphire Cooper (FSUS), Rachel Corry (Lincoln), Nia Holmes …

A new virtual school will allow kids to get school lessons at Ster-Kenikor cinemas

Going to the cinema is a favourite past-time for teenagers and now they can go to the cinema to boost their education for better career opportunities.

Virtual schools increasing in popularity

Lynette’s son Tommy is at home every day with her, both as teacher and student they use Hoosier Academies Virtual school system. The flexibility of …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Admins outline Greater Johnstown merger options

Eric Kocsis, the district’s business manager, said that the school’s costs in health care, retirement and cyber school have risen and created a larger …

Cyber charter schools could lose $16 million under Gov. Snyder’s proposed funding cut

You won’t find any classrooms at Michigan Connections Academy. Instead, students scattered throughout the state log onto computers from home and …

Superintendents see hope for increased state support

In this case, part of the increase will come from reducing cyber school funding. The additional money is Snyder realizing traditional schools, especially …

Michigan cyber schools fight Snyder’s proposed aid cut

Lansing — Opposition is building to Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to cut funding for Michigan charter cyber schools — five years after championing their …

Michigan cyber charter school funding cuts proposed

LANSING, Mich. — Millions of dollars are on the line for cyber charter schools around the state, under Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed 2018 budget …

Cyber Academy of South Carolina Now Accepting Enrollment for 2017-18 School Year

GREENVILLE, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cyber Academy of South Carolina (CASC), an accredited, full-time online public charter school, welcomes …

Cyber charter schools could lose $16 million under Gov. Snyder’s proposed funding cut

Rick Snyder to cut funding for cyber charter schools like Connections Academy by 20 percent. The idea was included in Snyder’s 2018 budget …

Georgia Cyber Academy Now Accepting Enrollment for 2017-18 School Year

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), an accredited, full-time online public charter school, welcomes families with students …

DeVos’ affinity for cyber charters, vouchers makes some Pennsylvania educators uneasy

Her family donated millions to champion school choice and charter schools in Michigan. By most accounts, the results were not good. Now she’s U.S. …

Feds take over Willistown sex trafficking case

He provided Brown with a fake age, fake birthdate, and fake information, including that he attended a cyber school, in order to gain the girl’s …

Auditor orders cyber school exam

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s auditor ordered a statewide examination Thursday of cyber schools’ data collection practices after his office found the …

Boyertown school board hears Cyber School update

Another goal would be to reduce the number of students enrolling in cyber charter schools and provide the chance for current cyber school students to …

Local school fund struggles underline need for reforms

The district’s cyber school costs were $70,900 in 2006, but $270,800 in 2016. These are state-mandated costs, so when state funding for them does …

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