Virtual School Meanderings

October 21, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

WATCH: Think Digital College, SA first virtual school

CAPE TOWN – The first virtual school to offer CAPS and Cambridge curriculum from Grade R to Grade 12, THINK Digital College is now available as …

Columbus Day Open tennis event draws Coconut Creek, Parkland netters

“I like that I can go out there and compete and play my hardest,” said Kuzuhara, an eighth-grader who takes online classes with Florida Virtual School.

Bradley County Has 3 Schools Affected By TDOE Scoring Error

Bradley County Schools had three schools that were affected by the recent scoring error announced by TDOE. The schools affected were Bradley …

WATCH: Think Digital College, SA first virtual school

CAPE TOWN – The first virtual school to offer CAPS and Cambridge curriculum from Grade R to Grade 12, THINK Digital College is now available as …

More NC students stay home to go to class. But they’re in low-performingschools

The Tennessee education commissioner had tried to boot K12, Inc. out of his state. In 2014, a virtual schoolin Pennsylvania decided not to renew its …

Abbotsford Virtual School issues call for artists

Abbotsford Virtual School (AVS) is announcing an open call for local artists for the 2017-18 school year. The goal is to provide students with a greater …

California demands $2M refund from virtual charters

The concept of virtual charter schools seems like a good one, and in a perfect world, it may be the best way to deliver personalized education to the …

D-rated elementary school makes moves to satisfy state

Board Vice Chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong noted that the charter — not to be confused with Florida Virtual School — had significant financial …

Virtual charter academies in California must refund nearly $2 million to state

As a result of a just released state audit, a network of virtual charter schools must refund nearly $2 million in improperly used state funds that were …

Large School Districts Can Make the Most of Virtual Classrooms Too

The master plan developed by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) identifies virtualclassrooms and blended learning opportunities as …

Charter school district postpones transfer policy discussion

This summer, Erskine College created its Charter Institute to sponsor charter schools. Two virtual schoolswith the S.C. Public Charter School District …

School lesson with a difference thanks to virtual reality

PRIMARY school pupils were taken on a journey around the world as the UK’s biggest virtual reality (VR) lesson was held on Brighton beach.

DeVos Outlines Vision for ‘American Education’

1 deals with school choice, which perhaps comes as no surprise as DeVos has … virtual schools and various forms of private school choice programs.

Virtual school heads ‘lack resources to properly support children adopted from care’

Virtual school heads say a lack of resources will leave them unable to “do justice” to a change in the law that gives them new responsibilities for …

Former LHS Athletic Director Justin Troller to return to Polk Schools, won’t again work with students

LAKELAND — Former Lakeland High School Athletic Director Justin Troller said on Facebook on Monday that he is working again for the Polk County …

Justin Troller to resume work with Polk Schools

The video recording showed that not to be the case and Williamson was reassigned to Florida Virtual School. Byrd said Troller had violated two …

Thousands of Tennessee assessment tests scored incorrectly

… saying that three schools in the county were affected by the scoring error – Bradley Central, Walker Valley, and Bradley County Virtual School.

Ramirez Highlights Solid Performance at ITA Regionals for @FGCU_MTen

Ramirez (Armenia, Colombia/Florida Virtual School) defeated Florida State’s Terrence Whitehurst, took down Georgia Tech’s Chris Yun, and won by …

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Chloe Grimme and Joshua McQueen

Because she takes online classes through Florida Virtual School, there is some flexibility with her schedule. State titles do not just mean gold medals …

Students from across Washington converge on Bi-Zi Farm

The virtual school — which officials say is technically not homeschooling because it is publically funded — has the second largest number of students …

Thousands of students, millions of dollars at stake in brawl over supervising South Carolina charter …

Oceanside Collegiate Academy is one of at least nine charter schools seeking to leave the umbrella of the SC Public Charter School District amid a …

Three county schools affected by errors

… local schools are facing uncertainty over their results — Bradley Central High School, Walker Valley High School and Bradley County Virtual School.

Thousands of Puerto Rican students are expected to enter Central Florida schools. Here’s how …

Rick Scott were responsive to the request; they approved 20,000 spots for Puerto Rican students at the Florida Virtual School and mandated that all of …

Australia’s first virtual school chalks up resounding success

This is Australia’s first virtual school, designed to cater to students who live in rural areas and are too far from a traditional brick-and-mortar school to …

Ohio’s Largest Virtual School Threatens Closure Amid Enrollment Controversy

Bill Lager, center, founder of Ohio’s largest online charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), speaks to hundreds of supporters on …

Virtual School Accountability, Transgender Student Rights Among the Topics Explored at Four …

At the 2017 iNACOL Symposium, Oct. 23-25 in Orlando, Pearson Online & Blended Learning experts will participate in four sessions focused on some …

Pasco County school district puts two charter schools on notice

Florida Virtual Academy (which is not associated with Florida Virtual School) faces a nine-page laundry list of contract violations from the district.

Second Winter Park teen in Roger Trindade death charged as an adult

The third teenager has since returned to high school, he said in a hearing. Jesse and Simeon have been taking Florida Virtual School classes online.

UPDATE: TN speaker of the house addresses TNReady test problems

… Red Bank High and Ivy Academy. In Bradley County, Walker Valley High, Bradley Central High and Bradley County Virtual School were affected.

Puerto Rico Faces Huge Challenges in Rebuilding, Reinventing K-12 Education

Rick Scott recently opened up 20,000 slots in his state’s virtual school to help with Puerto Rican students’ education. That doesn’t do much of anything …

FHSU continues to see rising enrollment

As an example of that delivery, Linn indicated FHSU’s continuing commitment to its online college program through the Virtual School, as well as its …

Utilizing virtual reality in schools

As technology becomes more integrated in peoples’ every day lives, teachers are looking for ways to further utilize technology in the classroom.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

These organizations are training Detroiters for the modern tech economy

In 2006, under the auspices of DPS, Uplift, Inc. piloted an alternative cyber school, the Hustle & TECHknow Preparatory High School, aimed at …

Online school wants to train arts students in cybersecurity

… computer science students,” says James Hadley, CEO of Immersive Labs, the UK company behind the new platform – the Digital Cyber Academy.

 

October 15, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

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

Next, I did receive the alert for cyber school, but there were no relevant items.

Finally, once again I didn’t receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

October 14, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eSchool News Today.

IT leaders expect steady increase in digital materials

technology index

Technology leaders at the K-12 and higher ed levels said they expect more digital learning tools in their schools and on their campuses, but they also expressed concerns over having enough manpower to handle increased technology demands. The information comes from a new report, the Education Operations Health Index, based…

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Online charter school warns closure likely if state recoups $60 million

The virtual school said in the request that the state’s moves to recoup money put ECOT in a financial “death spiral” and that “the existence of ECOT is …

Trinity Christian plans appeal after forfeit to Bolles

The complaint “stated that the student is not registered with Duval County as a Home Education student and is not registered with any virtual school …

Trump says Puerto Rico has thrown the budget ‘out of whack’

The Florida Virtual School will accommodate up to 20,000 youngsters from Puerto Rico, Scott’s office said. President Donald Trump takes a walking …

DeVos champions online charter schools, but the results are poor

She and her husband invested in virtual school powerhouse K12 Inc. before she became secretary. At least two of the school choice groups DeVos …

Florida Virtual School to enroll 20000 Puerto Rican students

The students can enroll in the Florida Virtual School — the state’s official online learning platform, established 20 years ago — whether they currently …

How Technology Is Transforming the Way We Teach and Learn

Could this be the beginning of an entirely virtual school? These immersive experiences have the potential to contribute to faster learning, better …

Kiel teacher receives honor

The Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative (WDLC) recently announced Susan Steiner (Kiel eSchool and Wisconsin Virtual School), as the winner …

Florida Virtual School Will Accept 20000 Puerto Rican Students

Now that help has extended in the form of Florida Virtual School. Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday that the online school system will accept …

Virtual school gives SCV student freedom to pursue passions

In California, 17,967 students enrolled in an online charter school during the 2014-15 school year, according to a 2015 report from the Evergreen …

Florida Virtual School to welcome 20000 Puerto Rican students, Gov Scott says

The virtual school offers more than 150 online courses for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The classes are free to Florida students, but …

Florida virtual school to accept 20000 displaced Puerto Rican students

MIAMI (CBSMiami) Twenty thousand Puerto Rican students, impacted and displaced by Hurricane Maria, will be accepted by Florida Virtual School to …

Your tax dollars paying for a new virtual school even though you’ve already been funding one

We first told you Monday night about Kanawha County schools approving a new job opening: Executive Director Virtual Instruction Program. Their own …

EDITORIAL: There is much to learn from virtual school’s failure

In one way, it is too bad that the Hoosier Academies Virtual School is going out of business. Its mission — catering to high-achieving students who …

Florida Virtual School to enroll 20000 Puerto Rican students

Puerto Rican students can take courses online, which may ease pressure on local schools to take those displaced by Hurricane Maria.

Kanawha County to offer virtual school

Kanawha County is preparing to offer virtual school, where students may … virtual education along with an online pathway for earning a high school …

Different schedule, same team; Emerald kicker Miller takes virtual school route

Beau Miller isn’t your normal high school football player. He doesn’t start his day off like one either. The Emerald kicker and punter usually heads to …

DeVos champions online charter schools, but the results are poor

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has touted online learning as a school-choice solution for rural America, saying that virtual charter schools provide …

D-rated elementary school makes moves to satisfy state

Board Vice Chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong noted that the charter — not to be confused with Florida Virtual School — had significant financial …

California demands $2M refund from virtual charters

The California Department of Education is seeking a $2 million refund from California Virtual Academies (CAVA), a non-profit network of 14 virtual …

Students from Puerto Rico enrolling in Tampa Bay schools

And Governor Rick Scott announced last Thursday that Florida Virtual School would accept up to 20,000 displaced Puerto Rican students (call …

Virtual Schools Market by Type, Business Application, Organization Size, Deployment Model …

A virtual school operates on an online learning platform and offers courses pertaining to various fields entirely through digital methodologies.

More NC students stay home to go to class. But they’re in low-performing schools

The Tennessee education commissioner had tried to boot K12, Inc. out of his state. In 2014, a virtual school in Pennsylvania decided not to renew its …

@FGCU_WTen Comes Home to Continue Fall Season

Sofia Perez (Costa Rica/Florida Virtual School) won Flight 6 singles and improved to 5-0 this season. Perez also claimed Flight 4 doubles alongside …

North America Virtual Schools Market CAGR of 12.82% during 2017-2021 Industry Analysis …

Top Vendors: – Connections Education, K12 Inc., Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, and …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Scranton schools experience record enrollment as demographics change

The district had 46 schools in 1925, and the current 10,222 students now attend 18 schools across the city, as well as a cyber school, where about 100 …

She’s just 16, but West York senior Trilby Kite thrives on volleyball court, in classroom

Kite attends a cyber school, but she excels in volleyball for West York High School. Kite has already accepted full-tuition-paid scholarship to Georgian …

Achievement House Cyber Charter School in Exton promotes longtime teacher to principal

Achievement House Cyber Charter School in Exton announced that longtime teacher, Neal Thomas, has been promoted from within to fill the open ..

Lancaster County resident named Achievement House Cyber Charter School principal

“I believe that in an administrative role, I will be able to help the school continue to evolve and renew my focus on providing teachers, staff and families …

High school welcomes fresh faces to faculty

She graduated from Clarion University where she went on to teach an English class at Agora Charter Cyber School and most recently taught Spanish …

October 8, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

1. TI- K12 Inc.
JN- K12 Inc. MarketLine Company Profile
PD- 8/18/2017, p1-17
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DT- 20170818
PT- Company Report
AB- K12 Inc. (K12) is a technology-based education company that provides curriculum, software systems and educational services. The company’s products and services facilitate individualized learning for students primarily in kindergarten through 12th grade, or K-12. The company offers products and services to virtual public schools, hybrid schools, traditional schools, school districts, private schools, public charter schools, and directly to consumers. The company primarily operates in the US, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE. It is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia and employs around 3,500 people. The company recorded revenues of $848.2 million in the fiscal year ended June 2013, an increase of 19.7% over 2012. The company’s operating profit was $45.7 million in fiscal 2013, an increase of 57.7% over 2012. Its net profit was $28.1 million in fiscal 2013, an increase of 60.2% over 2012. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of K12 Inc. MarketLine Company Profile is the property of MarketLine, a Progressive Digital Media business and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
DE- Educational technology industries
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CO- K12 Inc. Ticker: LRN
IC- 423490 Other Professional Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
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Next, I did receive the alert for cyber school, but there were no relevant items.

Finally, once again I didn’t receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

October 7, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

W.Va. county online high-school program to be available statewide

Thirty full-time high-school students in Kanawha County will begin online classes this spring before their program is expanded statewide, said county school Superintendent Ron Duerring. This program, made possible by the passing of state Senate Bill 630, will allow counties to receive full funding for each registered student and will allow students to participate in their county schools’ extracurricular activities.
Charleston Gazette-Mail (W.Va.) (tiered subscription model) (10/2)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Board votes to close online charter school in Indiana

The Hoosier Academies Network board voted Tuesday to end the experimental Hoosier Academies Virtual School program, The Indianapolis Star …

Eufaula schools could end year with balanced budget

When the system became part of the virtual school program, it increased their enrollment numbers by more than 1,000 students. As a result, the state’s …

Traditional schools hold ground amid growing choices

And, as always, parents have the option of home schooling, virtual school and private school, whose enrollment numbers are not made public until …

In a Rare Move for the Sector, Indiana’s First Online Charter School to Close

After years of receiving failing grades from the state, Indiana’s first full-time online charter school will shut down at the end of the school year, according …

EPS for K12 Inc. (LRN) Expected At $-0.35

Washingtonpost.com’s article titled: “Virtual school operator K12 Inc. faces challenge from stockholders demanding …” and published on December …

@FGCU_WTen Claims Three Titles At Bedford Cup

Sofia Perez (Costa Rica/Florida Virtual School) won the Flight 6 main draw title for the lone singles crown of the weekend. Perez also teamed with …

Foundation for LCS awards more than $110K in grants

Leon County Virtual School. STEAM Log Days- $2,803. Extension of STEAM-related curriculum incorporating field trips to study-related institutions …

Homeschool grad treated like high schooler by employer

… home-school, charter school and virtual school students to play high school sports at the public school for which they are zoned,” HighSchoolSports.

Statewide virtual school enrolls 900 in inaugural year

A statewide public virtual school for grades K-12 that’s partnering with Limestone County Schools has reached an enrollment of 900 after launching …

Hoosier Virtual Academy, an online charter school serving 1750 students, to close in June

Hoosier Academies Virtual School will close at the end of the school year. The board of the online school, serving about 1,750 students across the …

Hoosier Academies Virtual Charter School To Close In June

The board of the chronically failing Hoosier Academies Virtual School voted Tuesday not to seek renewal of their charter, a decision that will cause the …

Board votes to close online charter school in Indiana

The Hoosier Academies Network board voted Tuesday to end the experimental Hoosier Academies Virtual School program, The Indianapolis Star …

Lessons learned serving on the Upshur Co. Board of Education

Vaguely I had heard on the radio about such a virtual school one snowy January day five years ago driving through Ohio and Indiana on the way to …

Virtual high school launches in Kitchener next week

Teachers have been preparing since the spring to become a virtual school. “I think the teachers are really excited, I think this is a cool new project …

Virtual Gaelic school commended for helping to cover teacher shortages and supporting …

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s virtual Gaelic school has been praised in an independent evaluation for helping to cover teacher shortages and …

Kent City Schools to create virtual reality ‘Magic School Bus’

It sounds like an episode of “The Magic School Bus.” The district plans to install virtual reality equipment in a refurbished bus that will travel between …

Eufaula schools could end year with balanced budget

When the system became part of the virtual school program, it increased their enrollment numbers by more than 1,000 students. As a result, the state’s …

Schools in dozens of areas ‘will see funding cuts for looked-after pupils’

But Jane Pickthall, the chair of the National Association of Virtual School Heads, welcomed the decision to move the funding into the pupil premium …

Sun Prairie Area School District reports prior year’s donations

The board approved a new administrative guideline allowing full-time students of Sun Prairie Virtual School to be included on the district honor roll …

EDITORIAL: There is much to learn from virtual school’s failure

In one way, it is too bad that the Hoosier Academies Virtual School is going out of business. Its mission — catering to high-achieving students who …

Two Pasco County charter schools on short leash with district officials

Board vice chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong noted that the charter — not to be confused with Florida Virtual School — had significant financial …

Education Sector Will Grow At 7.5% To $144 billion By 2020

International Connections Academy (iNaCA) uses a proprietary web-based platform called Connexus, to provide a complete virtual school experience …

20000 students from Puerto Rico can use Florida Virtual School

Florida Virtual School — the state’s official provider of online-only learning — plans to accept 20,000 students from Puerto Rico who have been …

Virtual school gives SCV student freedom to pursue passions

One of these students was Alexandria Grable, a junior at California Connections Academy who first enrolled in the virtual school when she was a …

Your tax dollars paying for a new virtual school even though you’ve already been funding one

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ): We all know technology is starting to replace things like physical books and magazines. Now it seems you can add the …

Kanawha County to offer virtual school

Kanawha County is preparing to offer virtual school, where students may earn … The program comes in the form of a virtual school based in Kanawha …

Different schedule, same team; Emerald kicker Miller takes virtual school route

Beau Miller isn’t your normal high school football player. He doesn’t start his day off like one either. The Emerald kicker and punter usually heads to …

School district’s enrollment drop could reduce state aid

“We also have a number of students who are going into the Louisiana virtual school,” school Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews said. “Also there are a …

Pinellas teachers OK bargaining agreement, new starting salary

PCTA in its agreement also bargained for a flexible workweek for Pinellas Virtual School teachers and laid out framework for what teachers should …

Battle to reduce number of out-of-field teachers continues

Forty-three district schools, six charter schools and the county’s virtual school franchise will get the funds, totaling $3.63 million. The schools’ staffs and …

@FGCU_MTen Readies for Bedford Cup

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The fall slate continues for the FGCU men’s tennis team when the Eagles travel to the state capital for the 2017 Bedford Cup.

For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In

In one slide, company leaders estimated an increase of 108 students over five locations — including its Ohio virtual school — would capture $889,646 …

Florida Virtual School Will Accept 20000 Puerto Rican Students

Now that help has extended in the form of Florida Virtual School. Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday that the online school system will accept …

Florida Virtual School to accept 20000 displaced Puerto Rican students

(WJHG/WECP) – Thursday Governor Rick Scott announced Florida Virtual School will accept 20,000 Puerto Rican students who were impacted by …

Online School of 12000 Students Warns It May Close Midyear

The virtual school said in the request that the state’s moves to recoup money put ECOT in a financial “death spiral” and that “the existence of ECOT is …

Topeka USD 501 has 257-student drop in enrollment over 2016-17 school year

… and middle school — in the planning stages, the decision was made to operate a USD 501-run virtual school for adults seeking to obtain their GED …

Florida education news: Secretaries, lockdowns, Confederate flags and more

ONLINE EDUCATION: Florida Virtual School opens 20,000 spots for students from Puerto Rico. SCHOOL SAFETY: Campus lockdowns appear to be …

IBM Set To Acquire Sydney-Based Digital Consultancy Firm

On the sides Vivant had a venture capital business which is best known for backing a virtual school based in Sydney. It also recently failed in an …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Cyber Classes Offered to Hazleton High School Students

HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Rocco Petrone is the principal of Hazleton Area High School. He says the district gets a large number of students that enroll after …

Cyber school shows students how to go green

Students of Reach Cyber Charter School are getting hands-on with STEM projects. The back-to-school event for the statewide, online public charter …

Cyber Charter School Back to School Camp

Reach Cyber Charter school based out of Harrisburg held a “Back to School” STEM Camp at the Penn State Campus in Lehman. Students had the …

Back-to-School Celebration for Reach Cyber Charter School

Reach Cyber Charter School invited its students and their families to Penn State Wilkes-Barre Tuesday afternoon for its inaugural back to school …

Cyber Classes Offered to Hazleton High School Students

Petrone came up with the idea for a cyber classroom designed for new students who have been out of school for a while and have missed at least 22 …

Hazleton Area looks to ease burden for non-English speakers

The Hazleton Area School Board is considering a cyber classroom for them. “This will allow students to complete their academics at a reasonable …

21CCCS Partners with PLTW to Offer New Technology Classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

The PLWT Gateway program is one that 21CCCS believes is the best fit for the cyber school environment and many 21CCCS students are already …

 

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