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August 19, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

Big Online School Changes Leadership Amid Fight Over Funding

The superintendent of one of the nation’s largest online charter schools is retiring amid its court battle with Ohio officials over at least $60 million in …

Saturday Letters: Sheriff Williams is a breath of fresh air

I had an employee recently withdraw her child and place him in virtual school because of the failure of the public school system. So when Fischer …

On Point Fundraiser: Extraordinary Evening with Rory Feek set

… Teen Board which involves students from all the Cleveland and Bradley County secondary schools, including the Bradley County Virtual School.

Big online school changes leadership amid fight over funding

In a statement, ECOT board president Andrew Brush praised Teeters for leading the virtual school through “turbulent times.” The state has sought to …

Oklahoma student: All our schools deserve support

Often, students try a virtual school because they weren’t succeeding in another environment. Sometimes virtual school isn’t the right fit either.

Country’s Oldest State Virtual School Turns 20

Since that first academic year, when it had 77 semester completions, the school (since renamed the FloridaVirtual School) has reported delivering 3.6 …

New Rating System Proposed for Virtual Schools

The state agency that oversees virtual schools has proposed a new grading system to improve oversight of the schools, which have experienced …

Fayetteville Virtual Academy welcomes students to a new school year

High school students who are enrolled in the Fayetteville Virtual Academy, FVA, had their first orientation today to learn about the expectations going …

LIMESTONE COUNTY SCHOOLS: Grant to boost virtual efforts

The funds will be used to purchase Edgenuity software to assist virtual school efforts. “This will open up a bank of about 200 courses through different …

Chariho School Committee to review virtual education plan

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Members of the Chariho School Committee will receive updates Tuesday on the district’s virtual education plan, the …

Letters: Virtual education costs taxpayers less

Indiana has students who drop out of high school each year, for a variety of reasons. Virtual schools like INVS convince about one-tenth of those who …

Alabama Virtual Academy at Eufaula City Schools Begins 2017-18 School Year

BUSINESS WIRE)–Students and teachers at Alabama Virtual Academy at Eufaula City Schools (ALVA-ECS), will start the 2017-2018 school year on …

Virtual Reality Science Lessons Now At Indy Charter School

State Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, tries on an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at Hope Academy in Indianapolis on Thursday, Aug.

Oklahoma student: All our schools deserve support

On Tuesday, Oklahoma’s Statewide Virtual Charter School Board is scheduled to meet to consider the charter for the school where I am a 10th-grader.

Big Online School Changes Leadership Amid Fight Over Funding

Big Online School Changes Leadership Amid Fight Over Funding … Brush praised Teeters for leading thevirtual school through “turbulent times.”.

A New Virtual School Program for Your Child

Monica Santiago joined us in the studio with more on how take advantage of a unique, free, and online public school option that allows your child to …

Greenbrier schools offer virtual option

Virtual courses will be delivered through Greenbrier Virtual School, WV Virtual School and/or a district-approved learning management system.

Lucy Beckham High could start by serving 9th and 10th grades in 2020

In other news Monday, school district officials discussed the possibility of creating a district virtual school to offer supplemental instruction in special …

Choosing a virtual K-12 education

… Sophia was in and out of the hospital for seven months last year, but never fell behind on her studies, thanks to the flexibility of this virtual school.

Virtual tutoring unique way to help students ace their work

Katy Independent School District’s Barbara Landreneau, virtual school coordinator, and Susan Richards, eLearning and instructional applications …

New school initiatives

The Wilkes County Schools Virtual Academy will be launched this fall semester, with Spanish II Honors as the initial pilot course. Five students are …

More students opting out of traditional schools, online classes see increase

Despite numerous hospital visits, Sophia has never fallen behind on her studies, thanks to the flexibility of her virtual school. According to the school’s …

Hampton one of 26 communities undergoing academy transformation

Thirteen high schools, including a virtual school, contain the Academies of Nashville pathways, in which students can study a wide range of career …

Mansfield City Schools grilled about lack of diversity on staff

Gilbert comes most recently from Cuyahoga Virtual School House. For 18 months, he served as principal at the Hedges Alternative School.

Virtual School provides flexibility in learning

Chilton County Schools’ virtual school program allows students to complete their course online while remaining a student at their physical school.

As school starts again, online teachers have to prepare, too

At Ohio Connections Academy, a statewide virtual school, teachers officially went back to school Monday to prepare for the students’ first day on Aug.

Hoosier Academies Set to Kick Off 2017-2018 School Year

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hoosier Academies, a public charter school offering a fully online program (Hoosier Academy Virtual School) …

Oklahoma Connections Academy students log on for 2017-18 school year

For more information on Oklahoma Connections Academy, visit the school’s website at

See which Mass. schools failed to report concussion data

Which schools did and didn’t report concussion data This table, sorted alphabetically by town name, shows whether schools were required to report …

Caroline Buckheit of Naples now one of Boston’s ballerinas

Harriet Howard Heithaus, harriet.heithaus@naplesnews.com239-213-6091 Published 1:00 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2017 | Updated 2:16 p.m. ET Aug.

Charter school relocates to Lehigh

All of the curriculum is online and the school uses the Apex Learning Virtual School. “Apex is a very student-friendly curriculum,” he said. “It allows a …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Attack on epidemic envisioned

Tim Havener said he placed his daughters in cyber school for many reasons, including the negative impact that opioids could have on them. “I used to …

Steel Valley adding cyber charter classes for elementary school students

Steel Valley School District will add classes for elementary school-aged children to its cyber charter school academy this fall. Ed Colebank, the …

Lawmakers owe support to public schools

Public schools graduate on average 86.1 percent, whereas Pennsylvania cyber schools graduate 47.7 percent, according to Express Times columnist …

Project boosts use of technology at Penn Hills middle school this year

She also said the district’s cyber school — Cyber High-quality Interactive Education Fostering Student Success — is poised to have another strong …

Florida Cyber Charter Academy Kicks Off 2017-18 School Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Students and teachers at Florida Cyber Charter Academy(FLCCA), an online public school option …

Cyber academy helps student get ahead

Howell has been taking high school courses through the Georgia Cyber Academy, an online K-12 school for students throughout the state. The charter …

When back to school means staying home

In order to make sure the girls stay on target academically, they’ve enrolled them in a certified Pennsylvania cyber school. That means the girls will be …


August 18, 2017

2017 Policy Forum (Oct.) – 2017 National Distance Learning Week (Nov.) – 2018 USDLA National Conference (Apr. – May)

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Full Program Posted for OLC Collaborate – Arizona

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OLC Collaborate – Arizona
September 29, 2017
Dear Michael,

Join OLC and academic host University of Arizona in Tucson on September 29th for this one-day regional event. Meet with online learning professionals, educators, and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face in online higher education today.

Our program will feature engaging online education thought leaders Robbie Melton, Norah Dunbar, and Michael Berman, who will present on the topics of virtual and augmented reality, gameful learning, access to education, and the future of education. Each presentation will be followed by dynamic facilitator-led, interactive breakout discussions to allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail. Review the full program.

Let’s work together to define and help shape the changing university – make your travel plans and register today!

Hope to see you soon,



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Back to School with Illinois Virtual

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Illinois Virtual School – Fall Planning
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Welcome Back to School!

IVS has been very busy this summer helping students succeed in their summer courses while at the same time, cleaning house, tidying up and rolling out some great new courses.

Revised Courses
The brand new Middle School Series courses are up and running! Our Middle School Learning Recovery and Bridge programs did very well this summer providing promotion options for students. 

Visit the IVS website and course catalog page for more information on our complete catalog including the following revised courses:
AP Microeconomics
Creative Writing
English 1
English 2
French 1
French 2
US Government
IVS Fees Remain the Same for Fall

  • Full Service Courses: $225/semester enrollment
  • Credit/Learning Recovery Courses: $85/semester enrollment

Keep Your Information Up to Date

In order to efficiently serve the course needs of your students, IVS requires thatPartner Agreement and Contact Designation forms are submitted for new partners or if you are updating personnel or payment responsibility information.

Our August/September fall term start dates are August 17, August 31, andSeptember 14.

Call or click today!
Illinois Virtual School
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P.O. Box 103
Edwards, Illinois 61528
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Inspirational Quotes to Share with Students

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Inspirational Quotes to Share with Students

School counselors are in the unique position to support students with issues related to both school and home life. They are trained to provide counseling and guidance to students of all ages. This guidance may take the form of one-on-one sessions or phone calls with online students, presentations to high school classes about college applications, […]

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