Virtual School Meanderings

May 21, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

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

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

Finally, once again I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

May 20, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

District looking to move virtual school program

In a letter from Mark Carver, Suwannee County School District director of facilities, he stated that the property would help run the virtual school …

More kids could go to school online under Texas bills to expand virtual learning

Traditional public school advocates note that statewide, about 90 percent of virtual school students in Texas attend a campus that is labeled the failing …

Elite Scholar Ottawa High School: Carmen Hanson

While she was taught at home until eighth grade, Hanson then began virtual school until 10th grade, where she then transferred to OHS. The transition …

@FGCU_MTEN Season Comes to an End With 4-0 Loss to #15 Florida

Florida Virtual School/Texas Christian University) and Ezequiel Cerrini (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla./Homeschool) dropped a 6-1 match at No. 2 to Maxx …

Virtual Academy latest option for school choice

Provided by Gaston’s public school system, the virtual school will feature a blended model of instruction where students take courses online and …

Letter: Teachers are appreciated

My child attends Florida Virtual School Full Time, a public, free virtual school. My child was struggling in the public school system and needed the …

Lee Virtual’s Academic All-Star is Haley Keller

While dedicating herself to complete her high school studies online through Lee Virtual School, the 18-year-old also balanced classes through …

Guest Column: Governor should sign bill that supports better education in public schools

It expands school choice access for special needs and virtual school students. … And it removes longtime barriers to accessing virtual school for home …

Virtual school offers alternatives

Field trips, commencement, even dances—all aspects of a traditional school experience that might fall by the wayside in a digital learning environment …

District looking to move virtual school program

In a letter from Mark Carver, Suwannee County School District director of facilities, he stated that the property would help run the virtual school …

More kids could go to school online under Texas bills to expand virtual learning

AUSTIN — Texas could greatly expand the reach of virtual charter schools even after the digital campuses have faltered across the state and nation.

In Wake of Concerns, Law Approved Changing How Virtual Schools Track Attendance

Virtual charter schools will have to start tracking student attendance in accordance with a new law signed Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin. The proposal …

Virtual Academy latest option for school choice

The Gaston County Virtual Academy is a virtual middle school set to open in August that offers online learning for students. Provided by Gaston’s …

Indiana Virtual Charter School Escapes the Ax Again, Despite Poor Academic Record

Indiana education officials have decided to give a long-troubled virtual charter school another chance to right its academic ship, despite earning six …

Virtual Charter School Escapes Closure But Will Shrink

Hoosier Academies Virtual School avoided closure from the State Board of Education at a hearing Wednesday. Instead, the board approved a lesser …

Board of Education Approves Virtual Academy Changes

By another 6-1 vote, the board voted to freeze enrollment at the virtual school, effective immediately, and prevent re-enrollment from students who drop …

Lee Virtual’s Academic All-Star is Haley Keller

While dedicating herself to complete her high school studies online through Lee Virtual School, the 18-year-old also balanced classes through …

Janesville’s ARISE Virtual Academy unlike any other in the state

ARISE student Chelsea Gallagher works with elementary teacher Gale Rundle at Franklin Middle School. The school offers online and in-school …

Town hall meeting on Monday, May 22nd on Dothan virtual school

There will be a town hall meeting Monday, May 22nd at 6:00 PM at the Dothan-Houston County Library on virtual school. There will be representatives …

Virtual charter schools wouldn’t be expanded just yet: Texas Senate wants a study first

Virtual school supporters say the flexibility allows for them to meet their children’s needs, particularly when dealing with health concerns or bullying.

New Tuition-Free Virtual Public School Approved to Serve Alabama Students in Grades K-12

Alabama Connections Academy (ALCA), a full-time statewide public virtual school, has been authorized by the Limestone County School District to …

ALABAMA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY: Enrollment to new virtual school open

Enrollment is now open to students in grades K-12 who are interested in taking classes through Alabama Connections Academy, a statewide public …

‘You did good work:’ With graduation, SJVS students prepare for next steps

Michael Eisen, program coordinator for St. Johns Virtual School, acknowledged that the online-based high school program wasn’t for all students.

DIGITAL PASSPORT INITIATIVE: LCS may scale back program

“There was no virtual school in Athens City,” he said. “We were getting 74 percent of the sales tax and we’re getting 62 percent now. That was going to …

Gallagher resigns from Southwestern Schools

Prior to that, she was an assistant principal, athletic director, counselor and virtual school principal for the Prairie du Chien School District for five years …

Virtual school gets panel OK for more kids

The state’s Charter Authorizing Panel on Wednesday approved a 1,000-student increase to 3,000 for the Arkansas Virtual Academy after the school’s …

Educational Choice, Not School Choice, Making Moves In Florida

In the case of Florida, that movement started with the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) in 2003, which only receives money when students successfully …

Jason Fischer: Our kids deserve hope

… reduces standardized and computer testing; expands school choice access for special needs and virtual school students; implements mandatory …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Crummel’s Classroom: cyber school meteorology

Students at Reach Cyber Charter School have a new tool to learn about the weather. It’s called Weatherstem. It not only provides current weather …

Milwaukee eighth graders look toward the future during special career day

Two teachers at Central City Cyber School have been helping their eighth graders think about different careers every month since school started.

Carlisle board members pass resolutions calling for “true” charter school reform

It’s not a matter of limiting parental choice, but improving accountability for the taxpayer dollars flowing out of school districts and into charter and cyber …

Lackawanna Trail Board of Education passes proposed final budget

According to Glynn, rising costs to fund students in the district who attend cyber charter schools continue to make it more difficult to balance the budget.

Reality panelist answers everything you want to know about cyber school

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what a cyber school was or how it worked, I’d have almost enough money to afford a textbook for a …

 

May 14, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

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

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

Finally, once again I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

May 13, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eCampus News Weekend Edition.

TODAY’S TOP NEWS

Debunked: 8 online learning myths that need to disappear

online learning myths

As online learning continues to grow as an increasingly viable option for postsecondary and continuing education (at least 5.8 million US students are enrolled in at least one online course), especially as non-traditional students are becoming the norm, there still exists a universal unfamiliarity with online learning that has led…

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Virtual summer school helps fight learning slide

About one-third of the students in an Illinois school district who enroll in a summer learning program are expected to choose a virtual option, officials say. The program, which lets students attend class in person one day each week then learn remotely on other days, aims to help combat the “summer slide.”
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (5/5)

Webinar to discuss myths, resources for OER

Two education experts will discuss open-education resources during a free webcast, moderated by Education Week, on May 18. Presenters will share an overview of the history of OER, common myths, key resources, news on the #GoOpen movement and how an Indiana school district has integrated OER into its digital coursework.

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual school visits Mesquite

Texas Connections Academy at Houston is a full-time statewide virtual school for students under the terms of the Texas Electronic Course Pilot (eCP) …

Home-based K-12 schools on the rise in Washington

The no-tuition, virtual school was approved in Washington state for grades K-12 in 2016 and currently serves grades K-10; grades 11 and 12 will be …

One million pupils have been on Google’s virtual school trips

Google’s virtual reality school trips programme has now reached one million pupils in the UK, the technology giant has revealed. The Google …

Public virtual school meeting in Gaffney

South Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition-free virtual public school, is hosting a free information session in Gaffney for families interested in …

After Years Of Second Chances, Indiana Online School Remains Chronically Failing

Hoosier Academies Virtual School was near the brink of closure by the Indiana State Board of Education in March 2015 when the board opted for a …

Virtual school visits Mesquite

Parents and interested teachers were invited to attend this informative meeting to learn about TCA, a virtual public school for students in third through …

Public virtual school meeting in Gaffney

South Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition-free virtual public school, is hosting a free information session in Gaffney for families interested in …

After 2-Year Delay Failing Virtual Charter School Could Be Closed

Hoosier Academies Virtual School was near the brink of closure by the Indiana State Board of Education in March 2015 when the board opted for a …

Illinois schools opt for virtual summer learning programs

WESTMONT — Some Illinois school districts are revamping their summer school programs this year withvirtual programs designed to allow students …

Cash-strapped schools offer virtual summer learning

For the Maercker school district, the shift to virtual summer school was motivated by dwindling numbers of students enrolling in its summer programs …

Column: Budget cuts target students, not schools

The Mackinac Center’s recent Public High School Context and Performance Report Card shows that thosevirtual schools serving high school students …

Limestone nearing contract for statewide online school

Alabama Connections Academy will be different from the district’s existing virtual school, which is designed for students living in Limestone County.

Home-based K-12 schools on the rise in Washington

Preston is a first-grader enrolled in Washington Connections Academy online public school. The no-tuition,virtual school was approved in Washington …

Rise & Shine: Struggling online school set to make another Indiana State Board appearance

VIRTUAL SCHOOL: Hoosier Academy Virtual is set to make another appearance before the Indiana State Board of Education this week — one of …

True grit: Missing 120 days of school to becoming co-valedictorian

Browne said Penney is the ideal student for this kind of virtual school, as she doesn’t mind working alone all day and is incredibly self-motivated.

Indiana officials opt to punish Hoosier Academy Virtual and let it stay open. They told the long …

Virtual school leaders argue their poor performance is because they serve a challenging population of students, including those who frequently switch …

Janesville’s ARISE Virtual Academy unlike any other in the state

Parents and students pick virtual school for a variety of reasons. Some parents travel and want to take their kids with them. Others play in sports that …

Efforts underway to expand access to virtual education, despite cut in state funding

HB 138 would change the name of MoVIP to the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program and would allow any student to enroll in up to a …

Cool School: Global Football School

The school integrates daily soccer training with an online learning format via Connections Academy Virtual School. Kenn Schmidt Nielson says, …

ECOT Teachers Required to Attend Statehouse Rally on a School Day

… or elementary school student starting at the 50th percentile in math would, on average, fall to the 36th percentile after one year at a virtual school.

Greenville’s virtual learning programs report success

From left, Satterlee School Instructor Kim Bell, student Hunter Baker, instructor Serena Allen and student Nicodemus Eilf, talk to board members about …

Virtual school offers alternatives

The idea got started a few years ago when parents and educators started to discuss the idea of a virtual school. While online classes had existed for …

Board of Education Approves Virtual Academy Changes

By another 6-1 vote, the board voted to freeze enrollment at the virtual school, effective immediately, and prevent re-enrollment from students who drop …

Indiana Virtual Charter School Escapes the Ax Again, Despite Poor Academic Record

Hoosier Academies Virtual School’s fate has been in limbo for two years as state officials have deferred taking the extreme measure of closing the …

Virtual Charter School Escapes Closure But Will Shrink

Hoosier Academies Virtual School avoided closure from the State Board of Education at a hearing Wednesday. Instead, the board approved a lesser …

Virtual schooling for Wichita Falls students

Texas Connections Academy, a virtual school is seeking to expand its reach in Wichita Falls. The academy is a tuition-free, virtual public school for …

Global Football School offers specialized training and unique educational experience

The school integrates daily soccer training with an online learning format via Connections Academy Virtual School. Nielsen says, “We are based on a …

Art may be in Riverside woman’s blood, but it still takes hard work, she says

A senior at Riverside Virtual School, Goebel’s passion for art has been rewarded with first place in the 41st District Congressional Art Competition.

Lawrence school district announces new principal of adult learning, transition programs

… team, working closely with the principals at Lawrence and Free State High Schools, the College and Career Center and Lawrence Virtual School.”.

Riverside County high school students capture art show honors

Four high schools participated for the first time: Riverside Virtual School, California Military Institute, Murrieta Canyon Academy and River Springs …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Public schools and choice

While this is a fictional story, this is the root of school choice: a family, with or without cause, can send me the bill for cyber school tuition, charter school …

Cyber principal a multitasker online and off

… has been forward-thinking in setting up for online education, and requires a high degree of accountability for the companies providing cyber school …

Column: Budget cuts target students, not schools

Even with significantly less funding, virtual schools have a strong track record in responsible spending – 68 percent of cyber school operational …

Sayre: District did not include cyber charter school expense in annual budgets

SAYRE — The cost to local school districts for cyber charter schools has served as a rallying cry for many district officials and school board members …

House passes school budget with $100 per-pupil increase, full cyber funding

Rick Snyder started a conversation about funding cyber schools at lower levels when he introduced his executive budget earlier this year, proposing to …

Cyber education needs to start in primary school: MacGibbon

Australia’s Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Alastair MacGibbon wants the understanding of cybersecurity to be a life skill …

Cyber principal a multitasker online and off

Lunde, based in Tumwater, Wash., is a first-year principal for Washington Connections Academy, an online school in its own first year in the state.

Chi works on ideas to lure students back to district schools

UPPER CHICHESTER >> The Chichester School District is in the process of discussing ways to bring students currently in alternative education, cyber …

Column: Budget cuts target students, not schools

The statewide education budget proposed earlier this year by Gov. Rick Snyder unfairly targets funding for Michigan’s growing offering of cyber …

Crummel’s Classroom: Cyber School Meteorology

Students at Reach Cyber Charter School have a new tool to learn about the weather. It’s called Weatherstem. It not only provides current weather ..

Milwaukee eighth graders look toward the future during special career day

Two teachers at Central City Cyber School have been helping their eighth graders think about different careers every month since school started.

Lackawanna Trail Board of Education passes proposed final budget

“In the (proposed final) budget that was passed, there is $929,000 of anticipated cyber school costs. That’s with only a growth of five students …

Indiana school board delays vote on more armed officers

Agreed to pay for up to 400 hours of professional and program development for 18 teachers to enhance the elementary IDEAL cyber school program …

 

May 7, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

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

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

Finally, once again I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

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