Virtual School Meanderings

February 25, 2018

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual school, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I received the alert for cyber school and, again, there were no relevant items.

Finally, I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning this week.

So nothing to report.

February 24, 2018

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief

Tenn. district to offer virtual-learning program

Tenn. district to offer virtual-learning program
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High-school students in a Tennessee district are expected to have access to a new virtual-learning program this August. The program, which is pending school-board approval, will give students access to free courses taught by district teachers as well as some fee-based courses taught by an outside provider.
The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (2/19)

 

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Making history come alive in Concord

Students from Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School went to The Robbins House in Concord Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, to learn about the families who lived there and Concord’s African American history. Telling them a bit about the history, before bringing them inside, was Joe Zellner, of Bedford, …

@FGCU_WTen Takes Down Middle Tennessee, 5-2

Florida Virtual School) each claimed their sets 6-3. On court three, Sofia Perez (Costa Rica/Florida Virtual School) led 6-4 giving the Green and Blue momentum heading into final sets. FGCU wasted no time in their second sets with Ascúa being the first to finish with a score of 6-2, 6-3 giving the Eagles …

Williamson Schools to take ‘blended learning’ approach to online courses

Those include Bradley County Virtual School, Hamilton County Virtual School, Memphis Virtual School, Metro Nashville Public Schools Virtual School, Robertson County Virtual School, Tennessee Online Public School, Tennessee Virtual Academy, Tennessee Virtual On-line School and Washington …

Inside The Virtual Schools Lobby: ‘I Trust Parents’

At that time, Morse’s two kids were enrolled in an online, or “virtual,” school called the Georgia Cyber Academy, run by a company called K12 Inc. About 275,000 students around the country attend these online public charter schools, run by for-profit companies, at taxpayers’ expense. The aquarium …

Inside The Virtual Schools Lobby: ‘I Trust Parents’

A free day at the aquarium! For Marcey Morse, a mother of two, it sounded pretty good. It was the fall of 2016, and Morse had received an email offering tickets, along with a warning about her children’s education. At that time, Morse’s two kids were enrolled in an online, or “virtual,” school called the …

Lowery: Virtual school offers promising opportunity

I am a high school English teacher for the South Carolina Virtual Charter School. Our school is in its 10th year and is staffed by highly qualified, state-certified teachers, many with advanced degrees and/or national board certification. We are proudly considered a pioneer in virtual education. While the …

Florida Virtual School: Why Scalable Schooling Matters

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is one of the nation’s longest running virtual schools. In Fall 2017, eLearning Inside News reported on how the school was scaling up to welcome students displaced by the devastating hurricane season. This week, we talked to Dr. Polly Haldeman, FLVS’s Chief Customer …

Virtual Charter School Pins Survival Hopes on Ohio Justices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CN) – The fate of one of the nation’s largest online charter schools is now in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court, after the school urged justices on Tuesday to reverse the state’s demand to claw back $60 million in funding based on lack of student participation. Closed in January …

Williamson Schools to take ‘blended learning’ approach to online courses

Williamson County Schools will offer online courses this fall, joining a growing number of districts nationwide offering virtual learning. The district already embraces technology in the classroom — students bring their own devices for classwork and teachers draft lesson plans that incorporate technology.

Florida Virtual Schools: Why Scalable Schooling Matters

Florida Virtual Schools (FLVS) is one of the nation’s longest running virtual schools. In Fall 2017, eLearning Inside News reported on how the school was scaling up to welcome students displaced by the devastating hurricane season. This week, we talked to Dr. Polly Handeman, FLVS’s Chief Customer …

Williamson County Schools considers online classes for next year

Looney said the district plans to buy the courses from Florida Virtual School, an online school created by the state of Florida that offers classes to students all over the nation. The district will have to pay about $50,000 to buy 500 spaces in the Florida school’s program. At the meeting, Looney told board …

High-Quality Online Learning Is Possible and Indiana Leader Wants to Prove It

With a significant commitment to technology, blended-learning programs are woven throughout the district, and nearly all students have access to devices. The district boasts the only public, noncharter virtual school in the state with about 250 full-time students and up to 500 part-time students during the …

Virtual schools growing in popularity

Educational Technology · Alternative Education · Jeff Verosky · Niobrara County School District · Wyoming Department Of Education · Wyoming Virtual Academy · Virtual Reality · Virtual School · Distance Education · Virtual School Library · Online School · Online Schools · Connections Academy …

Exclusive: Questions over future of ‘stressed’ virtual heads who support looked-after children

The role of virtual school heads – who oversee the education of children in care – is in serious jeopardy because of cuts and strained relationships with schools, according to headteachers. Virtual school heads (VSHs) saw their roles expanded last year to take responsibility for adopted children under …

Non-renewing a school for non-traditional students

“Since Life Skills served many dropout recovery students, they may choose instead to enroll in Youngstown Virtual School, which is housed at Choffin.” Friedkin Realty, a Youngstown company that owns the Market Street building, has hopes for a new tenant. Alan Friedkin, Friedkin Realty’s owner, said …

Alternative school plans progress in Hancock County

“We just opened up our virtual school, and so far it’s been successful,” Woodward said. Students assigned to the ALC will ride the bus to their main school, and then be transported to the ALC. Current plans would have Brooke County provide a custodian, principal, English teacher and social studies …

@FGCU_MTen Faces UT-Arlington in Latest Home Dual

Javier Fernandez (Ibiza, Spain/IES CTEIB) and Felipe Ramirez (Armenia, Colombia/Florida Virtual School) also earned singles wins for FGCU. SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS UT-Arlington enters Friday with a 6-2 record. The Mavericks boast winning records at five of the six singles positions, including a …

School district to explore buying school/church property

Another option that was brought up was the possibility of moving the district administrative offices to the St. Joseph’s rectory, which would free up space for the virtual school in the secure wing at the high school. Another option would be to allow Head Start to lease space in the St. Joseph’s building.

Q&A with Francisco Gonzalez of National Review Institute

We should also have policies that help families find the best education that works for their kids – whether that is public, charter, private, or virtual school – or some combination. And, when kids make mistakes, we can’t just throw them into jail. We need to focus on rehabilitation first and give them a second …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

K-12 boost contingent on cutting cyber schools, shared time

FILE- In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, Gov. Rick Snyder, center, speaks flanked by State Budget Director John Walsh, left, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, right, while presenting the state budget in Lansing, Mich. To boost base K-12 funding by the largest amount in 17 years, Snyder wants to cut funding to cyber …

School district sees big return in income tax

They included students who lived in other districts but whose parents drove them to bus stops in the Hazleton Area district, one young woman who had graduated from high school in the Dominican Republic but wanted to learn English and a boy who had moved to Florida but received cyber-school …

Student enters agreement in pineapple case

… attending cyber school through the district. The girl is due back in court March 2 for her pre-adjudication conference on charges of felony aggravated assault and conspiracy and misdemeanor simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct, along with the other 14-year-old, …

K-12 Boost Contingent on Cutting Cyber Schools, Shared Time

Michigan’s 14 charter academies that are designated as cyber schools now receive the same minimum $7,631 allowance that traditional schools get. Snyder said that was fine to cover startup costs when the online schools began opening in 2011, but research shows the cost to educate a student online …

K-12 boost contingent on cutting cyber schools, shared time

FILE- In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, Gov. Rick Snyder, center, speaks flanked by State Budget Director John Walsh, left, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, right, while presenting the state budget in Lansing, Mich. To boost base K-12 funding by the largest amount in 17 years, Snyder wants to cut funding to cyber …

Cyberschools Touted As Flexible, Cater To Individual Students

DENVER (CBS4)– Hundreds of parents, students and educators came together at the state Capitol on Fridayto celebrate school choice and to raise awareness about the … The event was organized by the Colorado Cyberschools Association and the Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families.

Experience The Newbery Award-Winning Story THE GIVER At DreamWrights

PA Cyber School senior, Lilly Einsig who plays The Giver, agrees. “It gives the storyline a lot more room to flow. The story takes place throughout the room. We’re definitely a lot closer and engaged with the audience in this play.” The director and performers all agree that everyone attending should read …

Norwin officials: Social media post of weapon, ammo is no threat

Norwin school officials and North Huntingdon police determined Thursday morning there is no immediate threat to students and staff at the high school after a video and photo of a gun and a large quantity of ammunition was posted on social media by a student in the district’s cyber school. Township …

In Pocono Mountain, School Officials Ask Students Not to Spread Rumors

I just feel so bad for all those parents and students in Florida and you think about Sandy Hook, which is my little guy’s age, so it makes you think about cyber school or going a route where you feel like your children might be safer,” said one mother who did not want to be identified. Pocono Mountain’s …

 

February 18, 2018

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I did not receive the alert for virtual school.

Next, I received the alert for cyber school, and again there were no relevant items.

Finally, I also did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning this week.

So nothing to report.

February 17, 2018

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBreif.

Tips for using blended learning in rural schools

Tips for using blended learning in rural schools
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Educators in rural school districts can make the most of available resources by adopting blended learning, writes teacher Tina Barrera-Melde. In this commentary, she reveals why blended learning is her secret to success.
T.H.E. Journal (2/14)

 

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

@FGCU_MTen Meets Two In-State Foes as 2018 Continues

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Looking to build momentum following the first win of the season, the FGCU men’s tennis team plays both on the road and at home this weekend. The Eagles (1-4) first venture to Boca Raton to meet FAU Saturday afternoon before meeting Florida A&M Sunday at noon at the FGCU …

4 charter schools bypass state law to switch sponsors

Nine schools requested to transfer to Erskine College’s Charter Institute at a SCPCSD meeting in November, but only five of them were granted permission. The district denied requests from Cyber Academy of South Carolina, South Carolina Virtual School, Odyssey Online Learning and Midlands STEM …

Weather Cancels @FGCU_WTen Georgia Trip, Will Face #17 Miami Saturday

The Green and Blue kept the scoreboard tight as the Eagles only trailed 3-2 late with two matches remaining on the courts. Madison Gallegos (Denver, Colo./Colorado Connections Academy) and Bridget Forster (Boca Raton, Fla./Florida Virtual School) saw their matches go to a grueling third set, before …

@FGCU_MTen Drops Tough Road Match to FAU

Florida Virtual School/Florida) was unable to continue his match after splitting the first two sets. Following the retirement, Felipe Ramirez (Armenia, Colombia/Florida Virtual School) defeated Jason Legall 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 1 and Felipe Escobar (Pereira, Colombia/Liceo Frances de Pereira/TCU) fell 7-6, …

@FGCU_WTEN Falls on the Road to #17 Miami, 6-1

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – With weather forcing a change to the schedule, the FGCU women’s tennis team went on the road to face the #17 Miami Hurricanes, falling 6-1 Saturday afternoon. The Eagles (1-2) were tasked with a pair of nationally-ranked singles opponents and a nationally-ranked doubles …

Transfers out cost Vigo schools millions in 2017

Another 323 attended a public charter school, primarily online charters such as Indiana Connections Academy (106 students), Indiana Virtual School (83 students) and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy (61 students). Also, 164 students attended a non-public school and used state-funded vouchers, …

Wells wins all-around at USAG State Championships

Her parents asked her coaches for a recommendation. They recommended Clay Burton, who does conditioning and strength training at Lakewood Ranch. She trained with him all through the summer. Wells attends Florida Virtual School and excels in all her classes. Science and math are her favorite …

@FGCU_MTen Bounces Back With Strong Showing Against Florida A&M

3 doubles, the new duo of Felipe Ramirez (Armenia, Colombia/Florida Virtual School) and Nicolas Tibaudin (Buenos Aires, Argentina) set the tone early with an authoritative 6-1 victory over Samer Hasona and Rodney Sturgis. Less than 30 minutes from the start of the match, Felipe Escobar (Pereira, …

Acceptance letters for Pasco County’s new technical high school due out this week

… middle schools, the ones with the highest numbers of eighth graders applying were Chasco (59), Paul R. Smith (57) and Hudson (55). The technical school also drew strong interest from students not currently in the system. It had 115 applicants from home-schooling, charter schools and virtual school.

10 Chinese unicorns you haven’t heard of yet, but will soon enough

Mi founded VIPKID in 2013, and it has since grown into a global virtual school of 200,000 students and 30,000 teachers. In August 2017, it reached unicorn status with a valuation of £1.12 billion after a £562 million investment round led by Sequoia Capital China and Tencent Holdings. Mi predicts more …

Oklahoma virtual school visits Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

Martin taught for 30 years with Enid Public Schools, at the middle and high school levels, before taking a position with OCA. “It was a change for me,” Martin said. “I’m a real believer that every individual needs to have an education, and this opened another path for me to provide that.” Martin said she had …

Virtual school bus improves driver’s skills

Bus safety is always a number one priority for transportation directors at any school district, and at Gilmer ISD experienced drivers went through some of the worst scenarios imaginable. But it was all done in a virtual world. Emma Derrick Fasion drives a bus for Gilmer ISD, and so does her nephew …

Jazz Jennings Says She ‘Wants a Big Change’ in Her Life as She Contemplates Leaving High School

“I feel like I need to make a change in my life,” Jazz tells Jeanette and Greg Jennings. “I mean, I’ve been looking into virtual school.” Although Jazz believes that being out of the traditional school setting will be beneficial to her well-being, her mother has a different perspective. “You need to be in school.

Ohio court to hear online charter school’s funding case

The now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is challenging how the state tallied students’ participation to determine the online school should repay tens of millions of dollars. It’s a case study of friction over howvirtual schools are regulated compared with their brick-and-mortar counterparts and …

Education Matters: Arkansas Virtual Academy

AUSTIN, Ark. – Two local children with rare and debilitating health challenges are going the non-traditional route to school. A virtual school is allowing them to further their education. Sage Carpenter and his sister Lily follow a specific schedule at home. Their to-do list on the refrigerator focuses on their …

Charter school to drop its Pasco County contract

An online-based charter school with a history of troubles in Pasco County is abandoning its contract at the end of the school year. Florida Cyber Charter Academy, formerly known as Florida Virtual Academy, has advised superintendent Kurt Browning that it will not seek renewal, but will continue to offer …

A reality: BMS students to get virtual

The county School Board has accepted a $3,000 grant from Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology as part of plans to install a virtual reality system inside a computer lab at Blacksburg Middle School. The grant requires that the school district matches the award with another $3,000.

Acceptance letters for Pasco County’s new technical high school due out this week

Among middle schools, the ones with the highest numbers of eighth graders applying were Chasco (59), Paul R. Smith (57) and Hudson (55). The technical school also drew strong interest from students not currently in the system. It had 115 applicants from home-schooling, charter schools and virtual …

Wisconsin Virtual Academy Opens Enrollments for 2018-2019 School Year

MCFARLAND, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), an online public charterschool authorized by the McFarland School District, is now accepting enrollments for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. WIVA is available tuition-free to students in kindergarten through 12th grade …

Lowery: Virtual school offers promising opportunity

I am a high school English teacher for the South Carolina Virtual Charter School. Our school is in its 10th year and is staffed by highly qualified, state-certified teachers, many with advanced degrees and/or national board certification. We are proudly considered a pioneer in virtual education. While the …

Inside The Virtual Schools Lobby: ‘I Trust Parents’

At that time, Morse’s two kids were enrolled in an online, or “virtual,” school called the Georgia Cyber Academy, run by a company called K12 Inc. About 275,000 students around the country attend these online public charter schools, run by for-profit companies, at taxpayers’ expense. The aquarium …

Education Matters: Arkansas Virtual Academy

AUSTIN, Ark. – Two local children with rare and debilitating health challenges are going the non-traditional route to school. A virtual school is allowing them to further their education. Sage Carpenter and his sister Lily follow a specific schedule at home. Their to-do list on the refrigerator focuses on their …

Local school boards receive provincial funding

Lynn Little the director of education for South East Cornerstone, said their share of the money is proportional to the size of the division. With 38 school buildings and one virtual school under its banner, the money they received will go a long ways to helping students in the division. Keith was able to speak …

Carlsbad school district to investigate complaints against Pecos Connections Academy

The Carlsbad Municipal School Board voted to move forward with an investigation of Pecos Connections Academy at Tuesday’s special meeting, following allegations that the virtual school was not meeting student and personnel needs. Carlsbad Municipal Schools Superintendent Gregory Rodríguez, …

The Importance of Continuous Education

Fugro Academy is not just a virtual school by the nature of our classroom-based course delivery. We also saw the potential and opportunity for online learning (‘e-learning’) for a global organisation like Fugro. Part of our initial development was the selection and implementation of a learning management …

Florida Virtual School: Why Scalable Schooling Matters

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is one of the nation’s longest running virtual schools. In Fall 2017, eLearning Inside News reported on how the school was scaling up to welcome students displaced by the devastating hurricane season. This week, we talked to Dr. Polly Haldeman, FLVS’s Chief Customer …

PHOTOS: Learning about The Robbins House

Students from the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, both in person and watching online, learned about Concord’s African American history Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 with a visit to The Robbins House. Character Interpreters Joe Zellner and Maria Madison portrayed Robbin’s House owner Peter …

Williamson County Schools considers online classes for next year

Looney said the district plans to buy the courses from Florida Virtual School, an online school created by the state of Florida that offers classes to students all over the nation. The district will have to pay about $50,000 to buy 500 spaces in the Florida school’s program. At the meeting, Looney told board …

DHS New EDGE School Active Shooter Responder & Staff Training (Video)

Built on the Unreal Engine, the new EDGE training platform allows responders of all disciplines, along with verified teachers and school staff to assume discipline-based avatars and train simultaneously using role-play complex response scenarios.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Lawmaker shares career insights with cyber students

State Representative Rosemary Brown talks to cyber school students during a live stream at her Marshalls Creek office on Friday, February 9, 2018.[Keith R. Stevenson/Pocono Record]. Hide caption. State Representative Rosemary Brown talks to cyber school students during a live stream at her …

Privatization diminishes public schools

This “student-based” funding plan would make it easier to convert public school funding into vouchers for private school tuition. The per-student amount would simply follow the student out of public schools and into a private, for-profit, or cyber school – none of which has any obligation to provide a quality …

Investigator works to track down Hazleton Area’s ineligible students

An investigator checking residences of students found that the Hazleton Area School District paid cyber-school tuition to a boy after he moved to Florida, spotted parents who lived outside the boundaries but drove children to stops so they could board district buses, and learned of a high school graduate …

UK’s NCSC announces first Cyber School Hubs

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has selected the first Cyber School Hubs, following a competitive process. Cleeve School in Cheltenham and Beaufort Co-operative Academy in Gloucester will be the first, which means that during the 12- month pilot, they will host events, trial content and …

Carpentry student claims classmates harassed, assaulted her at Lancaster County CTC in Mount Joy

The school presented Victoria with these options: transfer to the Brownstone Campus, complete cyber school, take up welding, or complete commercial carpentry rather than go back to the residential class. None of those seem right to Victoria’s family. “We asked, ‘why does she have to change her entire …

UK’s NCSC announces first Cyber School Hubs

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has selected the first Cyber School Hubs, following a competitive process. Cleeve School in Cheltenham and Beaufort Co-operative Academy in Gloucester will be the first, which means that during the 12- month pilot, they will host events, trial content and …

Lawmaker shares career insights with cyber students

Brown made the virtual appearance for “Fireside Chat,” a one-hour career readiness lecture series for students enrolled in Connection Academy cyber schools. The program includes Reach Cyber Charter School, which currently has more than 75 students from Pike and Monroe counties. Brown …

Mars Area board explores middle school renovation options

The Mars Area school board was presented two options for renovating the district’s 48-year-old middle school at its work session Tuesday. The first … of agreement with Pine-Richland School District that will allow Mars Area students, including those who are homeschooled or in cyber school, to join the …

Carpentry student claims classmates harassed, assaulted her

The school presented Victoria with these options: transfer to the Brownstown Campus, complete cyber school, take up welding, or complete commercial carpentry rather than go back to the residential class. None of those seem right to Victoria’s family. “We asked, ‘why does she have to change her entire …

Social media ban for teen pineapple defendant

13 incident, and she is attending cyber school through the district. The Butler Eagle is not naming the girl because she was charged as a juvenile. She landed in court after Butler Township police last month filed felony assault and other criminal charges against her. Police said she rubbed pineapple on …

February 15, 2018

NPR News Item – Inside The Virtual Schools Lobby: ‘I Trust Parents’

A colleague shared this item from NPR Ed with me earlier in the week.

Making difficult choices

LA Johnson/NPR

A free day at the aquarium! For Marcey Morse, a mother of two, it sounded pretty good.

It was the fall of 2016, and Morse had received an email offering tickets, along with a warning about her children’s education.

At that time, Morse’s two kids were enrolled in an online, or “virtual,” school called the Georgia Cyber Academy, run by a company called K12 Inc. About 275,000 students around the country attend these online public charter schools, run by for-profit companies, at taxpayers’ expense.

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It actually reminds me of an earlier piece that of the did a similar piece five years ago:

The journalist and the newspaper won a Polk award for this reporting.

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