Virtual School Meanderings

June 25, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

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

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

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

June 24, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Survey: Colleges lag in digital-learning goals

Survey: Colleges lag in digital learning goals
(Pixabay)
Digital learning is a strategic priority for 61% of college leaders, but only 38% say their institution is making progress toward this goal, according to a report from Tyton Partners and Babson Survey Research Group. The report includes suggestions for boosting and improving adoption.
Campus Technology (6/19)

 

Engagement a top priority for online students

Engagement a top priority for online students
(Pixabay)
More than half of online students want to be able to connect and interact with their instructors and classmates, a survey shows. More engagement would improve courses for a quarter of respondents, while 59% say they travel to campus at least five times a year to meet with instructors and peers, the data show.
Campus Technology (6/21)

 

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Juilliard-bound bassist says virtual school helped her succeed

Set on graduating a year early, she opted to try virtual school by open-enrolling in the Cumberland-Anita-Massena, or CAM, Community School District …

South Carolina’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns

“Some families select a virtual school because they want to solve a short-term problem,” she said. “Their plan all along is to transition back to their …

State’s largest virtual school adds new charter school with Tulsa, OKC sites

We will still have the virtual school, but for students in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, we can offer the additional benefits of having a facility where …

Juilliard-bound bassist says virtual school helped her succeed

Set on graduating a year early, she opted to try virtual school by open-enrolling in the Cumberland-Anita-Massena, or CAM, Community School District …

Virtual school brings public education to students across Oregon

“It’s really flexible for our families,” says Oregon Connections Academy teacher Amy Dillahay, “that’s why a lot of our families come to us; they want …

State’s largest virtual school adds new charter school with Tulsa, OKC sites

The state’s largest virtual charter school just announced a major expansion with new, onsite instruction opportunities for students in prekindergarten …

South Carolina’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns

Today, the state has five virtual charter schools that together enroll roughly 10,000 students, up dramatically from about 2,100 students nine years ago …

For the sake of kids in need, please sign HB7069

After a lot of research we found what we had been praying for – a school that fit their needs. We found publicvirtual school. Finally, we could bring the …

School committee denies boy with immune disorder’s plea for virtual classroom assistant

HUDSON, Mass. – A 12-year-old Hudson boy missed up to 60 days of school this year because of an immune deficiency that makes him highly …

Polk County Schools review new virtual learning proposal

Jones explained his proposal to the school board at South Polk Elementary School Monday evening. His goal is to provide a virtual learning initiative …

Graduates of virtual high school get diplomas

VACAVILLE — What were a few things that California Virtual Academies valedictorian Karissa Carleton of Sacramento was going to miss the most …

Student juggles three jobs using virtual high school

She weighed her options, and as a freshman, she enrolled in the Minnesota Virtual Academy, a public, onlineschool run in association with the …

Betsy DeVos to charter school leaders: Your schools ‘are not the one cure-all’

In an address to charter school advocates, leaders, and teachers in … charter school networks, and that for-profit and virtual schools lag behind.

Marshfield joins virtual school affiliation

“We currently have 21 students enrolling out to other virtual school programs. Twelve of those are enrolling with Rural Virtual Academy, so if we then …

Free info session for AL virtual school at Hilton Garden Inn

A new virtual school might make you want to consider an educational alternative for your kids. Alabama Connections Academy is a tuition-free, virtual …

Waterloo School Board updated on nutrition initiative

It was learned the group of schools no longer organize distance learning, but rather is a charter virtual school available to consortium and open …

Indiana district to station “tech integration coaches” in schools next year

… each of its 2,500 students is equipped with a device of some kind — and it has successfully implemented “eLearning days,” or virtual school days.

Ashburn teen wins Luxembourg junior figure skating crown

Now in high school, she attends Riverside every other day and does virtual school on her off-days, where she spends seven hours at the rink. Despite …

Ohio’s online charter school ECOT to lay off quarter of staff to repay $60M to state

In fact a study from the Fordham Institute last year, highlighted the downsides of specifically Ohio’s statewide virtual school, concluding that it could not …

S&T to Demo New EDGE Virtual Training for First Responders (Video)

(The Virtual Training Revisited video describes advances in the free computer-based training tool, including a virtual school environment for …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

South Carolina’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns

At one cyber school, nearly a third of students dropped out last school year. Data from the S.C Public Charter School District, which oversees these …

Clairton City School District is so much more than football

We encourage students to attend Steel Center Career and Technical School and have established our own cyber school where students can work …

Tax fraud sentencing delayed for cyber school founder

Nick Trombetta (right), founder of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland, leaves U.S. District Court, Downtown, with his attorney J. Alan …

Jeannette school official: Cyber charters a ‘drain’ on district

When a student leaves the home district to attend a cyber charter, the home district must pay the charterschool the full cost of educating the student, …

21st Century Cyber Charter School to offer first annual summer camp program

The Chester County-based 21st Century Cyber Charter School will host Camp 21, a free two-day program for students entering sixth through ninth …

South Carolina’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns

At one cyber school, nearly a third of students dropped out last school year. Data from the S.C Public Charter School District, which oversees these …

ASD Enrollment Declining As Costs Increase

Another significant increase was enrollment in cyber school offered by ASD. While only 17 students received online education in 2010, that number …

Exterminator working to eliminate Wilmington mice during summer

•They agreed to a continue using the Odysseyware cyber school program for students attending cyber school through the district until August 2018.

Tax increase lessens in UD schools budget

… was found in the potential for the district to save $100,000 by bringing back 100 students with its new online cyber school that will launch this fall.

ASPIRA Inc of PA

ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania to launch its cyber school initiative for the 2017-18 school year. After a year of refining ASPIRA Bilingual Cyber Charter …

June 18, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school this week generated:

1. TI- Indiana Virtual Charter Again Escapes the Ax.
AU- PROTHERO, ARIANNA
JN- Education Week
PD- 5/17/2017, Vol. 36 Issue 31, p5-5
PG- 1/7p
DT- 20170517
PT- Article
AB- The article discusses the Indiana state school board’s decision to defer the closing of the online virtual charter school, Hoosier Academy Virtual School, operated by K12 Inc., despite its persistently low academic scores.
DE- CHARTER schools
DE- SCHOOL closings
SU- INDIANA
FT- 118
IS- 02774232
AN- 123228202

Next, I received 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.

June 17, 2017

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Will Facebook enter the online education market?

Facebook is working to offer training for developers through its new Developer Circles initiative. Now, some Facebook users are questioning whether the platform could have applications for online education.
Inside Higher Ed (6/12)

Study considers online student performance

Study considers online student performance
(Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)
Less-academically prepared students in online courses are more apt to drop out, or receive lower grades than peers who took on-campus courses, according to a study. To boost student performance, researchers say, online courses need to be designed to produce better learning outcomes, especially for at-risk students.
Inside Higher Ed (6/12),  Education Next (6/2017)

Other News

Back to the regular Google alert for virtual school.

Not So Fast: Comments on a Viral Charter School Video

Here in Indiana, Indiana Virtual School is a charter school that received large criticism for running ads after spending $116,000 over 6 months on …

Task force looking for potential issues with virtual schools

“But in the marketplace for students, some people are responding competitively and setting up a virtual school of their own and saying, ‘We can …

Staunton Democrat opposes Incumbent House 20 Del. Bell

For the past two years, legislation by Bell to establish a full-time virtual school program has passed the General Assembly but has been vetoed by Gov.

Florida Virtual School helps homebound students learn

Thousands of students who can’t attend traditional brick-and-mortar schools attend Florida Virtual School. FLVS is a free, fully accredited online school …

Task force looking for potential issues with virtual schools

MONTGOMERY — State Superintendent Michael Sentance says he’s heard “dribs and drabs” of concern about virtual schools in the state and has …

Task force looking for potential issues with virtual schools

MONTGOMERY – State Superintendent Michael Sentance says he’s heard “dribs and drabs” of concern about virtual schools in the state, and has …

Column: Why online schools are growing

Virtual schools are expected to grow at an annual rate of 12.8 percent during the next four years. Nearly one million students currently participate in …

Area students graduate from online charter school

Enrollment for the Ohio Connections Academy 2017-18 school year is … enrollment is also encouraged, especially for families new to virtual school.

Leaving high school at 16 to pursue higher education

“While at the Virtual School, apart from the actual course material, I learned self reliance and organization skills,” Bethan said. “For sixth through eighth …

Students meet, dance at prom for online high schools

That was the case for many teens who attended the Arizona Virtual … Litz said many of the students who attend the virtual school were bullied at their …

Program for homeless high school students to expand this summer and into nextschool year

Like last year, students will take classes in the morning through the district’s Virtual School, followed by an afternoon of work at a local business …

Graduates took non-traditional path to diploma at Flexible Evening High School

So she made the decision to start attending Flexible Evening High School, through the Frederick CountyVirtual School program. On Monday evening …

Virtual school brings public education to students across Oregon

“It’s really flexible for our families,” says Oregon Connections Academy teacher Amy Dillahay, “that’s why a lot of our families come to us; they want …

For the sake of kids in need, please sign HB7069

We found public virtual school. Finally, we could bring the twins home for school while still having them taught by actual teachers with a challenging …

Who’s helping and who’s hurting? New national study looks at how charter networks measure up …

… school networks like KIPP and YES Prep come out looking good, but others — including large virtual school networks and for-profit charters — don’t.

New alternative ‘school-within-a-school’ approved by Jackson board

… have the option of attending an evening program at T.A. Wilson Academy, enrolling in the South Central Michigan Virtual School or doing both.

Graduates of virtual high school get diplomas

VACAVILLE — What were a few things that California Virtual Academies valedictorian Karissa Carleton of Sacramento was going to miss the most …

Tulsa Public Schools selects new principals for Booker T. Washington High School, McLain High …

Clay Vinyard has been selected as the new principal at Tulsa Learning Academy, a TPS virtual school based in the Tulsa Promenade mall at 4107 S.

Statewide online school celebrates graduation

According to a 2015 third-party survey of Connections Academy online school parents, the top reasons for choosing virtual school include the desire …

Finally, the Google alert for cyber school.

SASD approves $108 million budget

“One of the things we had been pushing for was to start our own cyber school,” said Robert Yarnall, SASD board member. “You have to be innovative …

Pennsylvania senator wants failing students out of cyber charter schools

Cyber school administrators are concerned by Argall’s plan. Brian Hayden, CEO of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, the state’s largest cyber …

Ohio Board to Online Charter School: Pay Back Disputed $60M

ECOT officials have suggested that a repayment demand could be potentially crippling for the cyber school. Spokesman Neil Clark said Monday that it …

Cyber school graduates

Six Lawrence County residents are among those who graduated from Commonwealth Charter Academycyber school. Their commencement was …

Central, Cyber School graduates celebrate success

The years of hard work by Grand Haven’s Central High School and Cyber School graduates were celebrated during the commencement ceremony at …

Pennsylvania senator wants failing students out of cyber charter schools

Cyber charter schools are meant to be an accessible alternative to traditional schooling, but one state senator wants to make them a privilege that can …

SASD approves $108 million budget

The Stroudsburg Area School District approved a $108 million budget, which … “By starting our own cyber school it allows those kids to not only get a …

Ohio Board to Online Charter School: Pay Back Disputed $60M

ECOT officials have suggested that a repayment demand could be potentially crippling for the cyber school. Spokesman Neil Clark said Monday that it …

PA Cyber to graduate more than 1100 students from 61 counties

KUTZTOWN, Pa., June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Nearly 275 Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School students today received their high …

Tax fraud sentencing delayed for cyber school founder

Nick Trombetta (right), founder of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland, leaves U.S. District Court, Downtown, with his attorney J. Alan …

Online school sues Ohio board after vote on $60 million repayment

School officials say the repayment demand could be crippling for the cyber school, which serves 15,000 students. ECOT, which hasn’t repaid the $60 …

Online school sues Ohio board after vote on $60M repayment

Celiah Aker, a ninth-grader in her fifth year of enrollment in an online charter school named the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT, works on …

 

June 11, 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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