Virtual School Meanderings

April 5, 2015

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquestBeginning with the ProQuest Alert for virtual school.

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Challenges of Virtual School LeadershipRichardson, Jayson W; LaFrance, Jason; Beck, Dennis. The American Journal of Distance Education29.1 (2015): 18.

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Students taking virtual courses face early deadlineBrown, Andrew. The Charleston Gazette [Charleston, W.V] 26 Mar 2015: A.1.

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Freshman sues St. Louis Public Schools for telling him to take online classes after suspensionCrouch, Elisa. McClatchy – Tribune Business News [Washington] 26 Mar 2015.

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Freshman at Roosevelt sues city schools for directive to take online classesCrouch, Elisa. St. Louis Post – Dispatch [St. Louis, Mo] 26 Mar 2015: A.5.

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Public schools attract home-school students with open enrollment, virtual schoolsHughes, Bayne. McClatchy – Tribune Business News [Washington] 01 Apr 2015.

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Next, as usual I have not received the ProQuest alert for cyber school for some time.

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Moving on to the EBSCO alerts for virtual school and cyber school – both of which I received, but there were no relevant items in either of them

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

April 4, 2015

Virtual Schooling in the News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s Digital Directions

Online Course-Taking Evolving Into Viable Option for Special Ed.

A growing number of programs around the country are allowing students with disabilities to take virtual courses created with their needs in mind. Read more.

(Education Week)

Next, the semi-regular the ASCD SmartBrief.

Pa. district finds success with local cyberschool
School districts looking to expand opportunities for students or curb attrition to cyberschools should consider launching their own online programs, suggests Michael Snell, superintendent of Central York School District in York, Pa. In this blog post, Snell highlights the district’s journey to launching an in-district cyberschool.SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (4/1)

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Growing number of high schools adopt distance education
Nationwide, about 55% of school districts enroll students in some form of distance education course — with enrollment expected to grow. However, officials are concerned by low completion rates, and a recent survey by the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest finds that teacher training and course quality are among educators’ top concerns with high-school online courses. Education Week (tiered subscription model)/College Bound blog (3/30)

Poll: Online learning among most popular models of disruptive innovation
SmartBrief on EdTech readers who responded to a recent poll revealed the “disruptive” teaching methods they have adopted. Among the more popular innovations are distance learning (59%) and personalized learning (46%).SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (4/1)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

OCSD 4 reading camp, summer school set

Jenkins said the virtual school has benefits for students and the district. The kids are able to work at their own pace, and some students have finished …

Florida education news: Virtual school, color guard, principal coaching and much more

VIRTUAL College: The University of Florida on the web campus struggles to meet its enrollment projections, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.CHARTER …

Virtual learning taking hold

… a return to school, led to her being certified as a math teacher and she is now employed in that capacity with the online virtual school and is now in …

Virtual learning taking hold

… led to her being certified as a math teacher and she is now employed in that capacity with the online virtual school and is now in her fifth year.

Virtual school bill sponsor optimistic it has support

Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, is sponsoring SB72 that provides a virtual school option in all public school systems for students in grades 9-12.

The newest smear against Scott Walker

… deserves a chance to have a great education at the public school, charter school, choice school, virtual school, or home school environment right for …

Intercultural understanding key to resolving conflicts

Jung Eun-hee, founder and chairperson of a New York-based virtual school, said the key to resolving conflicts among different cultures lies in better …

Virtual school bill sponsor optimistic it has support

Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, is sponsoring SB72 that provides a virtual school option in all public school systems for students in grades 9-12.

School finance update affects virtual schools J

As reported in Tuesday’s Tribune, S.B. 7 adds virtual education aid to the school finance formula as a separate item from the block grants for general …

Florida education news: Virtual school, color guard, principal coaching and much more

VIRTUAL College: The University of Florida on the web campus struggles to meet its enrollment projections, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.CHARTER …

North Carolina Connections Academy opens initial enrollment period for 2015–16 school year

North Carolina Connections Academy, the state’s newest full-time, tuition-free virtual public charter school for all students in grades kindergarten …

Budget wrangling leaves schools on financial roller coaster

It also serves adults seeking high school diplomas at an alternative school, and K-12 students from around the state through its virtual school.

Virtual learning taking hold

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Students across South Carolina have an alternative to a traditional classroom setting with a choice of a virtual charter school …

For online students, Wyoming testing can be more of a haul

But after hearing about Connections Academy, and learning that it didn’t have a daily class-time requirement like other virtual schools, they decided it …

Budget wrangling leaves schools on financial roller coaster

About half of her district’s loss came from the state aid cuts and half from a steep drop in virtual school enrollment that appears to have been linked to …

Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy Opens Enrollment for 2015-2016 SchoolYear

NICOMA PARK, Okla., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy, a tuition-free, public online school serving …

Virtual school bill sponsor optimistic of Senate passage

Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, is sponsoring SB72 that provides a virtual school option in all public school systems for students in grades nine …

Online Course-Taking Evolving Into Viable Option for Special Ed.

Each course also features an online teacher from the virtual school, which developed the courses several years ago after state lawmakers insisted …

Governor McAuliffe signs Delegate Bell’s bills

House Bill 324 establishes a new Virtual Virginia School and creates a Board of the Virginia Virtual School as a policy agency under the Secretary of …

Florence middle school students goes virtual in the fall

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With the Alabama Senate passing a virtual school bill for all school systems, online courses for students across the state …

Virtual School Meet and Greet underway

Pinellas Virtual School Meet and Greet events will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. at select Pinellas County Panera Bread locations through July.

Florida Virtual School and Dave Ramsey Join Forces to Provide Students with “Foundations in …

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is now offering Dave Ramsey’s “Foundations in Personal Finance” course to its high school students. Through FLVS, the …

Critics argue former education leader contradicted stance on virtual schools

… law in 2013, gives the current commissioner the authority to close a virtual school if it operates at a low Level 1 standing for three consecutive years.

Letter: No Child Left Behind had negative effects on US students

Pearson owns Connections Academy, Oregon’s largest free virtual school. K12 Inc. was started by the junk bond king, Michael Milken, who was …

Businesses commit to the Crewe Pledge

… QHotels Crewe Hall Cheshire Connect, Reasheath College, Cheshire East Council, Red Shift, Cheshire East Virtual School, Return on Investment …

Oops… reporting error leads to perfect review of teachers at state’s largest online school

More than 2,800 students log online to attend Michigan Virtual Charter Academy. The state’s largest virtual school is also one of its worst performing …

St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge gets new principal

She is part of an international group at Johns Hopkins University writing middle and high school curricula for an international virtual school.

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Rose Tree Media School Board approves new contract with union teachers

The agreement added wording regarding the possible creation of a cyber school for district students, noting instruction shall be provided by RTMEA …

OP-ED: We agree: Make cyber charter reform a priority

Recently, state Sen. Sean Wiley wrote a column regarding public cyber school funding reform as it relates to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal and his …

Milton School Board considers staff cuts to reduce deficit

… for special education and the basic education subsidy, and the elimination of the cyber school subsidy and educational assistance program monies.

Who Homeschools? Demographics Don’t Tell the Whole Story

But they’re enrolled in Pittsburgh Online Academy, a cyber school run by the city school district. That means they’re both students in Pittsburgh Public …

Philadelphia Virtual Academy provides educational alternative

… instruction and online skill-building — is taking place, but because it is a cyber school, the greater emphasis has been on computer-based learning.

As School Options Expand, Families Find Ways To Personalize Student Learning

Three days a week, she has gymnastics practice in the morning and afternoon, and does her cyber school during the midday. “Then two days a week, …

Letter: State legislators forsake their duty, then blame school boards

This scheme has far more to do with enriching cyber school operators — who contribute obscene amounts to legislators’ campaigns — than with …

Cumberland County officials call for fair, adequate public school funding

Meanwhile, Mechanicsburg and other local districts have sought to develop their own cyber school options in-house to save money. Dave Patti …

MMI parent seeks football co-op with Hazleton Area

They include applying for admission to the Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences or trying a cyber school, charter school or home schooling. Also, he …

Oops… reporting error leads to perfect review of teachers at state’s largest online school

It’s also an outlier because of student performance. The cyber school is a “priority” school. Most districts that report 100% highly effective teachers also …

 

 

March 29, 2015

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquestBeginning with the ProQuest Alert for virtual school.

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A phenomenological study of students’ experiences learning Mandarin Chinese onlineNiu, Dana.University of South Dakota, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2015. 3685699.

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Charter bill passes; virtual school concerns lingerSell, Mary. McClatchy – Tribune Business News [Washington] 19 Mar 2015.

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Bentley signs charter school bill; virtual concerns lingerSell, Mary. McClatchy – Tribune Business News [Washington] 20 Mar 2015.

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Next, as usual I have not received the ProQuest alert for cyber school for some time.

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Moving on to the EBSCO alert for virtual school.

1. TI- K12 Inc.
JN- K12 Inc. MarketLine Company Profile
PD- 7/29/2014, p1-21
PG- 21p
DT- 20140729
PT- Article
CO- K12 Inc. Ticker: LRN
AN- 101459097

Also, the EBSCO alert for cyber school.

1. TI- technically speaking.
AU- Peckham, Susanne  susanne@techdirections.com
JN- Tech Directions
PD- Mar2015, Vol. 74 Issue 8, p4-4
PG- 2/3p
DT- 20150301
PT- Article
AB- The article discusses the report “State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 Year in Review” released by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). Issues discussed in the report are state funding for communication and technology education, legislation and policy directed at earning postsecondary credit in high school, and trend policies on business engagement and workforce preparation.
DE- CAREER education
DE- TECHNICAL education
DE- COMMUNICATION & technology
DE- EDUCATION — Finance
SU- UNITED States
SU- STUDY & teaching
CO- ASSOCIATION for Career & Technical Education DUNS Number: 045497484
IC- 923110 Administration of Education Programs
IC- 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction
IC- 611710 Educational Support Services
IS- 10629351
AN- 101510810

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

March 28, 2015

Virtual Schooling in The News

InTheNewsBeginning with ASCD SmartBrief.

Survey identifies top-performing digital schools in U.S.
School districts in Virginia, Alabama and Maine ranked at the top of a survey by the National School Boards Association and the Center for Digital Education. The 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey rated districts — in categories based on enrollment — for making extraordinary use of technology, including one-to-one laptop initiatives, flipped instruction and science, technology, engineering and math curricula. T.H.E. Journal (3/24)

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Is online learning effective?
College students achieve the same outcomes through online education, partial online instruction and traditional face-to-face instruction, according to a research paper that reviewed recent studies on online instruction. However, the paper asserts that much more research is needed to determine the most effective format for online learning. The Hechinger Report/Education by the Numbers (3/23)

How the role of the K-12 teacher is evolving
Technology — from crowdsourcing sites for lessons plans to online videos — are shifting the role of today’s educators, English teacher Michael Godsey writes in this commentary. Technology has replaced the need for teachers to be “the local expert,” he writes. “These days, teachers are expected to concentrate on the ‘facilitation’ of factual knowledge that is suddenly widely accessible.” The Atlantic online (3/25)

Mich. school uses online math, reading intervention program aligned with Common Core
MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (3/25)

Pa. middle-, high-school students test blended learning in math class
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (3/22)

Accessibility issues complicate recorded lessons online
eSchool News (free registration) (3/27)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Local schools getting creative to make up snow days

The virtual school days aren’t a cure all. In addition to the two Saturdays for the high school, all Pentucket Regional students will have to go to school …

£2m extension for Carnegie Primary School

Carnegie Primary started life as a virtual school before moving to its new home in August 2011. When it opened, then First Minister Alex Salmond …

Charter bill passes; virtual school concerns linger

The bill, as originally written, allowed for virtual schools. That language was removed, but the bill doesn’t expressly prohibit them. Senate bill sponsor …

Virtual schools bill passes committee

MONTGOMERY — A bill to require that all public high schools to have a virtualeducation component, either their own or contracted through another …

Charter school bill sponsor says virtual schools still allowed; could be up to courts

MONTGOMERY — The bill that would create charter schools in Alabama is set for a vote in the House today. Though it makes no reference to virtual …

Altus sisters excel in virtual school

One of the fastest growing trends that also brings about a lot of concern are K-12 virtual schools. Many parents and educators question the quality of …

APS to offer full-time virtual school

The virtual school will be a full-time school for students in grades 6 through 12, and everything will be done online. Experts weighed in on a recent …

PublicSchoolOptions.org Stands with Tennessee’s Virtual Schools In Calling on Legislators to …

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — PublicSchoolOptions.org (PSO) stands with all of Tennessee’s public virtual …

Virtual school for Lillia – on line with Aurora

Narrabri High School student Lillia Whitehouse-Schlack was selected this year to be part of a revolutionary online education program for gifted and …

The new age of virtual schools

With easy access to Internet, there is a possibility that technology can potentially disrupt the very fabric of the traditional school. From this disruption …

Future of TN Virtual Academy set for discussion at Nashville meeting

Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA) is an online public school based in Union County. It serves some 1,300 kindergarten-through-8th grade students …

PublicSchoolOptions.org Calls on Senate Education Committee to Defeat Anti-School Choice …

The legislation creates an unfair playing field against all virtual public schools, including TNVA, by applying separate and unequal accountability …

Block grant school funding bill awaiting governor’s signature

The KSDE numbers show Humboldt receiving a large increase in total aid due to the addition of virtual school aid, but Superintendent K.B. Criss said …

Texas Whiz Kid Earns 7 Associate Degrees from College

… Richland College, Chari took online courses through the Texas Virtual School Network, a Texas Education Agency program that offers classes that …

Naselle board votes 3-2 to continue Mandarin program

… was that excess revenue generated from the virtual school program (Columbia Virtual Academy) would predominately fund the Immersion Program.

Rural education’s financial rollercoaster hits home in Elkhart

It also serves adults seeking high school diplomas at an alternative school, and K-12 students from around the state through its virtual school.

Proposed legislation could threaten Florida High School Athletic Association’s existence

In 2014, a bill allowing home-schooled and virtual school students to participate in activities at any public school or private school that agreed to let …

North Carolina Connections Academy opens initial enrollment period for 2015–16 school year

“A virtual school serves a wide variety of students, including those who are significantly ahead or behind in the classroom, those who need a flexible …

Students taking virtual courses face early deadline

High school students interested in taking online classes offered through the West Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual School program this year …

For online students, Wyoming testing can be more of a haul

Tayla came to the virtual school from Ft. Caspar Academy. Her mother, Stacey Thomas, said she decided to enroll Tayla in the school because she …

Budget wrangling leaves schools on roller coaster

About half of her district’s loss came from the state aid cuts and half from a steep drop in virtual school enrollment that appears to have been linked to …

Academy looks to combine soccer training, school for youth players

The private, full-time school combines intensive soccer training and academics through Florida Virtual School for standout players in third through …

Education-related bills plentiful in Statehouse

MONTGOMERY — A charter school bill already has been signed into law, but there still are dozens of bills going through the lawmaking process that …

MCA enrollment open for 2015-16 year

Interested families are encouraged to learn more about how virtual school works and if it’s the right fit for their students by attending an in-person …

Online high school lets students earn US-accredited diploma

… the launch of the Virtual Diploma Program, sponsored by Vamco Education, partnered with the FloridaVirtual School and The Cottage School.

Jordanhill School in Glasgow tops The Herald’s school league tables

… has improved itself year on year and they they want to be able to measure that with actual statistics rather than some virtual school that doesn’t exist.

Journey with IVS for Online Learning This Summer

Illinois Virtual School (IVS) is currently accepting student registrations for Summer 2015. The IVS summer term is the perfect time for students to take …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Auditors praise Greenwood School District’s special needs program

The district also would see roughly $51,031 in reduced costs based a revamped formula for cyber school reimbursement. Property owners who qualify …

Wolf, legislators push for charter school reform

… rate is flawed in that it is based on the cost of providing Intermediate Unit cyber programs instead of the cost of running a full cyber school, he said.

Pa. should make cyber charter school funding reform a priority

Students and families have the choice of the type of education they want: traditional public school, tuition-based school, charter school, cyber charter …

Senate Bill Would Provide Quality Control for Cyber-CharterSchools

Sean Wiley (D-Erie) has introduced Senate Bill 128, which would address the cost and performance of cyber-charter schools that aren’t related to …

A lesson on charter school funding

Also, the proposed standard tuition rate for cyber charters is based on the costs to offer a cyber program as opposed to a cyber school and ignores the …

Cyber Academy of South Carolina Opens K-11 Enrollment for 2015-2016 Academic Year

GREENVILLE, S.C., March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cyber Academy of South Carolina (CASC), a tuition-free, online public school, …

Seventh-grader avoids explusion; drug test negative

He said at the hearing if Coal’s parents could not find an educational placement with a neighboring school district or with a cyber school within 30 days …

Using online tools to keep students engaged

In addition, the District opened Philadelphia Virtual Academy, a cyber school, in 2013, but that model falls within the definition of blended learning only …

‘If Harrisburg won’t step up then we will': Bethlehem school director on budget

… some charter school tuition reimbursements – expected to generate Bethlehem $1.6 million – and to set a $5,950 universal cyber school tuition rate.

PIAA to see new classifications proposal

The proposal would see schools with high numbers of homeschooled students and/or charter and cyber school students not be grouped with larger …

PIAA taking closer look at 6 classes

Progress is being made as the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association explores the possibility of expanding classifications in football.

Education Budget Makes Charter Schools Nervous

Instead of paying between $8,000 and $11,000 for every student who leaves a traditional school and goes to a cyber-school, districts would pay …

OP-ED: We agree: Make cyber charter reform a priority

Recently, state Sen. Sean Wiley wrote a column regarding public cyber school funding reform as it relates to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal and his …

Grace Baptist school to launch Pre-K program this fall

Drummond said students then attend public school or study through cyber school or home school programs until graduation. Drummond, who is …

 

March 22, 2015

ProQuest/EBSCO Alerts

proquestBeginning with the ProQuest Alert for virtual school.

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Virtual Schools Remain UnprovenTargeted News Service [Washington, D.C] 10 Mar 2015.

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TN virtual schools call for changes to state lawBalakit, Melanie. The Tennessean [Nashville, Tenn] 12 Mar 2015: 5.

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Snow day doesn’t stop school for Sewickley AcademyCherry, Bobby. Tribune – Review / Pittsburgh Tribune – Review[Greensburg, Pa] 12 Mar 2015.

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Virtual school seeks headPR Page Manager 14. Norwich Evening News [Norwich (UK)] 16 Mar 2015.

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APS Announces New Virtual SchoolTargeted News Service [Washington, D.C] 17 Mar 2015.

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Next, as usual I have not received the ProQuest alert for cyber school for some time.

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Moving on to the EBSCO alert for virtual school.

1. TI- Challenges of Virtual School Leadership.
AU- Richardson, Jayson W.1
AU- LaFrance, Jason2
AU- Beck, Dennis3
JN- American Journal of Distance Education
PD- Jan-Mar2015, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p18-29
PG- 12p
DT- 20150101
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AB- The purpose of this case study was to examine challenges faced by virtual school leaders in the United States. Through semistructured interviews, the researchers explored challenges faced by eighteen leaders of fully online or blended online programs. Analysis revealed six main challenges: funding, staff, accountability, time, parents, and professional development. The researchers found virtual school leaders face many of the same categorical challenges as leaders in brick-and-mortar schools. The nuances of the challenges, however, are distinct. The researchers concluded that the field of educational leadership must respond to the needs of these leaders through preservice training, in-service professional development, policy reform, and additional research. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
AB- Copyright of American Journal of Distance Education is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd 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.)
AD- 1University of Kentucky
AD- 2Georgia Southern University
AD- 3University of Arkansas
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DI- 10.1080/08923647.2015.992647
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There were no relevant items in the EBSCO alert for cyber school.

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

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