Virtual School Meanderings

May 14, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s EdWeek Update.

Charter, Alternative, Virtual Schools Drive Low Grad Rates, Study Finds

The seventh annual “Grad Nation” report finds that nontraditional high schools contribute disproportionately to the picture of low graduation rates, and calls for greater attention to these schools, especially since they serve large shares of vulnerable students. Read more.
(High School & Beyond)

Next, the semi-regular ASCD SmartBrief.

Other News

Similarly, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual Academy teacher’s work merits high praise

Virtual school teachers are using innovative, unique techniques in their classrooms to give our kids a great education and learning experience.

American Friends of Jamaica aiding education

… learning programmes in America – Broward Virtual School (BVS), which the Florida Department of Education announced earlier this month has been …

Is this Dallas-area online-only school the next big trend in public education?

Faulkner’s wife came across a brochure for a full-time virtual school run by Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, iUniversity Prep. Now in her second year at the …

Secondary school students believe social media affects studies

A love of Snapchat and Twitter does not make children digital natives · Virtual school tours take students to the moon and back · Proximity to college …

Puryear: Governor withdraws support of virtual education

What we needed was an expansion of our full-time public virtual school that currently has been considered effective from grades K-7 to grow to a full …

Building a Grad Nation Report Examines Roadblocks on the Path to 90% High School Graduation …

**According to NCES definitions, there is inherent overlap between the alternative, charter, and virtual school categories, so these numbers do not add …

New Virtual School hosts open house, virtual tour

With the unveiling of the newest addition to the Crenshaw County School System came an open house ceremony unlike others the county has seen.

Michigan’s Virtual Schools Expansion Could Cease After Poor Results

Virtual schools have been a part of Michigan’s push to not only improve the technology in their state’s schools, but also to promote innovation on top of …

Virtual school tours take students to the moon and back

‘So, girls, we’re going to the moon this morning,” says Fiona McKeever, a science teacher at Mount Sackville secondary school in Dublin. There’s …

Charter, Alternative, Virtual Schools Account for Most Low-Grad-Rate Schools, Study Finds

High-School-Graduation-blog.jpg CORRECTED Charter, virtual, and alternativeschools account for a disproportionate share of U.S. high schools with …

WMU researcher’s study shows that virtual, blended schoolscontinue to struggle

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University researcher has co-authored a study that reports full-time online schools and blended learning …

Charter, Alternative, Virtual Schools Are Drivers of Low Grad Rates, Study Finds

High-School-Graduation-blog.jpg Charter, virtual, and alternative schools account for a disproportionate share of U.S. high schools with low …

Online-only schools: Is this the next big trend in public education?

Hannah is a student at iUniversity Prep, a full-time online high school run by Grapevine-Colleyville ISD – one of six full-time virtual schools in Texas.

Prom: A brick-and-mortar piece of virtual ed

Reasons may involve individual circumstances or they may be institutional ones, such as increasing home-school and online K-12 enrollment. Online …

aton Rouge charter middle school heading toward contract renewal

Another, much different CSAL-run school is Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy. This online school educates students from across Louisiana in grades …

Comanche High School introduces virtual reality into classroom

Comanche Independent School District bought a machine about two years ago that … It runs what is called a zSpace real world virtual reality system.

inellas to consider closing three charter schools run by troubled management company

The virtual school is being recommended for termination because it has not met the requirements of the corrective action plan it was required to submit …

MPS Virtual School to Begin Accepting Applications

mps95234.jpg Montgomery Public Schools’ Virtual School Program will begin accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year on May 12 through …

Basehor-Linwood graduation Thursday

This year’s graduating class includes 158 BLHS students and 17 students from the Basehor-Linwood Virtual School. The class of 2016 includes five …

MPS accepting applications for new Virtual School Program

The Montgomery Public School System announced on Wednesday that it will accept applications for its 2016-2017 Virtual School Program beginning …

Four-star recruit forgoing senior year of high school to play at Stetson

… I just needed to take a couple of classes through virtual school, and I talked to the coach at Stetson and they said they’d love to have me,” said Ellis, …

Education Shoutouts

“I chose to work in a virtual school, because I wanted to experience a new challenge in teaching. After working in a brick and mortar classroom, I saw …

Demopolis City Schools BOE makes personnel changes in called meeting

The Virtual School is another step closer with the approval of a contract with Fuel Education. The company will provide the on-line curriculum for the …

School District Updates from School Board Meeting May 3, 2016

She joins the school district from Florida Virtual School where she has been an administrator for 3 years. Over the course of her 26 years in education …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

CDA sponsors education contest

… a local education contest for students in grades 4 to 12 who are enrolled in a public school, parochial school, cyber school or home school.

Stroudsburg contract negotiations go nowhere in most-recent meeting

With regards to adding a cyber school program, Sultanik said they need to convince the association that the proposal is not going to result in a loss of …

UDA board faces tough choices

“There should be an outside organization that polices the cyber schools and looks after the students and if there’s no progress, the money stops and …

Trail School Board lays out $20.4M budget

Lackawanna Trail School Board discussed a proposed final budget of … Director of IU 19, will give an overview of the NOLA cyber school program.

Pocono Mountain School District residents will get tax decrease again

The district is looking at significant spending decreases in cyber school tuition, district-wide equipment and budgetary reserve spending, a small …

Clearfield Area School Board mulls 3-mill tax hike

In addition, he said the state requires the district to pay an outside cyber school the same amount it costs to educate its own students in its brick and …

Leechburg man charged with having knife that looks like gun on school property

I’m glad I cyber-school my child,’” parent Denise Miller said. Davenport’s arrest comes three weeks after a Leechburg student brought a fully loaded, …

FULL STORY: No mention of $5.4 million budget shortfall solution at PENNCREST meeting

… including transportation cuts, reducing technology purchases and realizing future savings from providing cyber school and alternative education …

No prom for cyber students

The school board’s handbook allows students in cyber schools to participate in extracurricular events if the cyber school does not provide them. And in …

Lackawanna Trail School District officials to explore ways to bring cyber students back to classrooms

High school principal Dr. Mark Murphy said current cyber school students prefer attending classes at the Lackawanna Trail campus but aren’t satisfied …

Cyber school couple may attend prom

Cyber school couple may attend prom. Maria Jacketti. Published: May 12, 2016. Article Tools. Font size: [A] [A] [A]. Our Social Networks. Facebook …

Cameron County School Board adopts preliminary budget

In addition, $400,000 was estimated for cyber school expenses, showing a great increase from last year that is slightly misleading. Wolf’s proposal for …

Blackhawk School District Postpones Vote On Teacher Furloughs

… our district and by having them leave to cyber school where we’re paying $10,000 per student to have them go somewhere else,” one woman said.

May 8, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

1. TI- Fun and Interesting Learning for Students and Educators.
AU- Lamb, Annette
JN- Teacher Librarian
PD- Feb2016, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p45-49
PG- 5p
DT- 20160201
PT- Product Review
AB- A review is offered for application software including the National Aquarium app that focuses on animals, Cave Bro by Florida Virtual School that focuses on healthy food choices, and the Rippedapart Civil War app.
DE- APPLICATION software
DE- COMPUTER software
SU- EVALUATION
SU- ANIMALS
SU- FOOD
SU- UNITED States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865
FT- 2496
IS- 14811782
AN- 113222021

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

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

May 7, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s Digital Directions.

Virtual, Blended Schools Growing Despite Struggles, Analysis Finds

Roughly 300,000 students are enrolled in virtual and blended schools, but proficiency rates and graduation rates lag well behind traditional schools, according to a new report. Read more.

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Other News

Online special-education program offers tailored instruction, student management

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Local graduation rates above average

… High School — excluding students in Beloit Learning Academy, Roy Chapman Andrews Academy and Beloit Virtual School — was at 93.1 percent.

Parents can still choose schools after open enrollment ends

Rose Fernandez, a founder of Wisconsin Coalition for Virtual School Families, said parents really have a year-round option to transfer their children to …

Franklin School for the Performing Arts to launch academy

MAVA offers online learning for grades K-12 and is the first diploma-granting virtual school in Massachusetts. For information: mava.k12.com; …

Top Scholars: Brevard Virtual School’s Jessica Knaffl

[More: See all of Brevard County’s 2016 Top Scholars]. Name: Jessica Knaffl. School: Brevard Virtual School. Age: 16. Hometown: Palm Bay.

Bates: Virtual school right choice for my daughter

Our public virtual school, Wyoming Virtual Academy, organizes ShaiLyn’s curriculum to her individual needs. Not every student has to be on the same …

Report: Virtual schools ‘lag significantly’

Virtual schools are growing in popularity, but unless those schools improve that online learning boom may not benefit America’s youth, says a new …

Academy to hold PB meeting about virtual school

Arkansas Connections Academy, a virtual public school for students in K through ninth grades, will hold an information session at noon Wednesday, …

Orlando virtual school laying off dozens of workers

Florida Connections Academy LLC, a virtual school for grade levels K-12, is laying of 80 employees at its Orlando location, according to the Florida …

New online school addresses tech needs

GREEN BAY – A Wisconsin technical college, a trade union and an online education provider have teamed to form a first-of-its-kind virtual school …

Tampa businessman cautions against dismantling school choice in Florida

East Berlin, he said, was like today’s traditional public school system … of allowing school choice, whether through charter schools, virtual schools or …

Parents can still choose schools after open enrollment ends

Rose Fernandez, a founder of Wisconsin Coalition for Virtual School Families, said parents really have a year-round option to transfer their children to …

Virtual high school students attend traditional prom

OCONOMOWOC – High school students enrolled in Wisconsin’s Virtual Academy, an online education program, will go to prom Saturday night.

Virtual school tours take students to the moon and back

‘So, girls, we’re going to the moon this morning,” says Fiona McKeever, a science teacher at Mount Sackville secondary school in Dublin. There’s …

Michigan’s Virtual Schools Expansion Could Cease After Poor Results

“Half of the student population in a virtual school for a long time was a drop out student. We’re still kind of seeing the results of that in the numbers as …

Prom: A brick-and-mortar piece of virtual ed

That sentiment suggested that the virtual school’s first foray into a physical prom will likely become a fixture. “Any time that you do something new you …

Online school offers alternative to public school

Margaret said it is good to be able to share that things like these are also available while enrolled in a virtual school. “Luis really enjoys attending the …

Education cuts prompt revolt, despair in Oklahoma

In the Tulsa suburb of Sapulpa, superintendent Kevin Burr is considering a proposal for as many as two “virtual” school days a week —where students …

New Virtual School hosts open house, virtual tour

With the unveiling of the newest addition to the Crenshaw County School System came an open house ceremony unlike others the county has seen.

Baton Rouge charter middle school heading toward contract renewal

On Thursday, the School Board also considered the best name for a virtual school of its own that is opening this fall. A naming committee held a public …

Fun floating for fast learning

… process, teamwork, active participation,” said Jeff Boulten, principal and teacher for Prairie South Virtual School. “Each boat is compared to the scale …

Decades later, virtual students join CHS parade of graduating seniors

“I saw the advertisement for the virtual school. I thought, well, I’m on disability because of my back. I just decided I got all this free time. Why not do it …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Stroudsburg School District looking at cyber program; teachers want fair compensation

When it comes to paying out for district students attending cyber charter schools, the Stroudsburg Area School District spends a lot. Unlike the rest of …

Conneaut School District leaders discouraged by low turnout of budget town halls

The cyber charter school cost to the district per pupil is $10,426.72. If the student is identified as special education, the cost rises to $20,358.32.

Trail School Board lays out $20.4M budget

Also, Bob McTiernan, Executive Director of IU 19, will give an overview of the NOLA cyber school program. According to Geronimo, the school district …

Staffing changes among suggestions to eliminate PENNCREST’s $5M-plus budget deficit

… realizing future savings from providing cyber school and alternative education services within the district and finding ways to reduce energy costs.

Shikellamy School Board works to reduce projected budget deficit

Deductions in cyber school costs, about $125,000, reduced student transportation of $50,000 and legal costs of $15,000 helped lower the overall …

UDA board faces tough choices

At the start of the meeting, board president David Barder talked about cyber school, saying that he doesn’t think it’s fair that school districts are paying …

May 1, 2016

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

1. TI- Following instructions in a virtual school: Does working memory play a role?
AU- Jaroslawska, Agnieszka  1 agnieszka.jaroslawska@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk
AU- Gathercole, Susan  1
AU- Logie, Matthew  1
AU- Holmes, Joni  1
JN- Memory & Cognition
PD- May2016, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p580-589
PG- 10p
DT- 20160501
PT- Article
AB- Accumulating evidence that working memory supports the ability to follow instructions has so far been restricted to experimental paradigms that have greatly simplified the practical demands of performing actions to instructions in everyday tasks. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether working memory is involved in maintaining information over the longer periods of time that are more typical of everyday situations that require performing instructions to command. Forty-two children 7-11 years of age completed assessments of working memory, a real-world following-instructions task employing 3-D objects, and two new computerized instruction-following tasks involving navigation around a virtual school to complete a sequence of practical spoken commands. One task involved performing actions in a single classroom, and the other, performing actions in multiple locations in a virtual school building. Verbal working memory was closely linked with all three following-instructions paradigms, but with greater association to the virtual than to the real-world tasks. These results indicate that verbal working memory plays a key role in following instructions over extended periods of activity. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Memory & Cognition is the property of Springer Science & Business Media B.V. 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.)
KW- Following instructions
KW- Virtual environment
KW- Working memory
AD- 1 MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road Cambridge CB27EF UK
IS- 0090502X
DI- 10.3758/s13421-015-0579-2
AN- 114605227

2. TI- When ‘Acceptable’ Becomes Unacceptable.
AU- Ferdig, Richard E.1
JN- T H E Journal
PD- Dec2007, Vol. 34 Issue 12, p26-27
PG- 2p
DT- 20071201
PT- Article
AB- The article addresses the growth of virtual schools in the U.S. and its impact on school districts’ acceptable use policies (AUP). There is a clash between the needs of virtual schools and the restraints of district AUP. The growth of online learning has required districts to constantly reevaluate their acceptable use policies, as forward-thinking educators are putting new technologies to the service of innovative teaching and learning. A virtual school such as Appleton eSchool has to find sufficient spaces in the text of the district AUP that it can safely work within to make effective, innovative use of specific technologies.
DE- VIRTUAL reality in education
DE- COMPUTER assisted instruction
DE- EDUCATIONAL technology
DE- SCHOOLS — United States
DE- SCHOOL districts
GE- UNITED States
IC- 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools
AD- 1Associate professor of educational technology, University of Florida
IS- 0192592X
AN- 28062435

Next, the alert for cyber school.

TI- Using Traditional School Methods to Assess Online Charters Is ‘Apples to Oranges’ Exercise.
AU- Gifford, Mary1
AU- Kwitowski, Jeff2
JN- Education Week
PD- 3/16/2016, Vol. 35 Issue 24, p20-20
PG- 1/8p
DT- 20160316
PT- Letter to the Editor
AB- The article presents a letter to the editor on the topic of online charter schools and the articles “Walton Family Foundation: Rethink Virtual Charters,” from the January 27, 2016 issue, and “Cyber Charters Have ‘Overwhelming Negative Impact,’ CREDO Study Finds” from the “Digital Education blog” published online on October 27, 2015.
DE- VIRTUAL classrooms
DE- CHARTER schools
AD- 1Senior Vice President of Education Policy and External Affairs K12 Inc. Hemdon, Va.
AD- 2Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Communications K12 Inc. Herndon, Va.
FT- 68
IS- 02774232
AN- 113895092

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

April 30, 2016

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Online learning gets personal

Students may improve their chances of success in massive open online courses if they take part in Learning Circles. Learning Circles allow students enrolled in online courses to meet and work together in person. Some libraries are playing a key role in the learning model.
KQED.org (4/25)

Digital learning director discusses OER for Common Core

Wash. state uses open educational resources for Common Core
(Pixabay)
Education leaders in Washington state have tapped open educational resources for teaching the Common Core State Standards. In this interview, Karl Nelson, director of the Digital Learning Department for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, describes the process.
T.H.E. Journal (4/27)

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

‘Virtual School’ on the way for Crenshaw County schools

The Crenshaw County School District is just months away from kicking off its new ‘virtual school.’ One year ago, the state legislature mandated that all …

Where does your child’s school rank?

Orange County Virtual School also received recognition for its placement in the top third in the country, the district said. Schools are awarded gold, …

Virtual school hosts informational event in Nampa

NAMPA — Nampa families considering educational options for their children have an opportunity to learn about how a virtual public school works.

Board of Education renames school in Forsyth County

The virtual school will still fall under the district’s Academies of Creative Education, which includes two schools — the renamed Forsyth Virtual …

Students attend 3-day model government session in Tallahassee

… Florida Virtual School & middle schools from St. Johns, Clay & Duval counties. Thirty-eight senior students went to Tallahassee with bills to debate.

Anne Arundel Schools Rank Among Maryland’s Best High Schools

Cross and Goose Creek High Schools were named to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best High Schools list. Canastota Central School District …

Halt expansion of virtual schools because of poor academic results, report says

“Half of the student population in a virtual school for a long time was a drop out student,” he said. “We’re still kind of seeing the results of that in the …

Forsyth High School Gets a New Name

Susan Atkins, the director of the school, said the renaming is part of a rebranding of sorts for the virtual school. She said she’s run into many people in …

Letters to the editor, April 26

For this reason, he struggles on the writing assessment portion of the state test each year but does well in the virtual school environment where he can …

SCHROCK: ‘Personalized education’ is impersonal education

Similar to the virtual school, teachers and classmates are irrelevant. But any good teacher knows that teachers and classmates are not irrelevant, but …

Halt expansion of virtual schools because of poor academic results, report says

Michigan’s virtual schools largely lag behind traditional brick-and-mortar schools, and lawmakers should stop or slow their growth until reasons for …

‘Virtual School’ on the way for Crenshaw County schools

The Crenshaw County School District is just months away from kicking off its new ‘virtual school.’ One year ago, the state legislature mandated that all …

National Education Policy Center Report Urges Stopping the Expansion of Virtual Schools

Seeking to rectify the fact that “little is known about the inner workings of [virtual and blended learning schools],” the National Education Policy has …

School board OKs policy for virtual school

The Alexander City Board of Education unanimously approved a policy for its virtual school, which it began offering at the beginning of the school year, …

Virtual School gets contract renewed but only for a year

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education renewed a contract with Virtual School of Ohio at its April 12 meeting, but for only one year instead of three.

Virtual school hosts informational event in Nampa

NAMPA — Nampa families considering educational options for their children have an opportunity to learn about how a virtual public school works.

Virtual Charter Schools Perform Worse Than District Schools, Report Says

Charter schools and for-profit management companies make up the majority of thevirtual schooling sector, according to a new report from the National …

Expert: For-profit virtual schools “terrible” at educating our children

Virtual schools or blended schools that combine virtual and traditional face-to-face teaching are a national trend. However, according to a study from …

New Report Critical of Virtual and Blended Schools

A new national report finds that participation in online and blended learning schools is increasing, despite evidence that students are struggling in …

Board of Education renames school in Forsyth County

The virtual school will still fall under the district’s Academies of Creative Education, which includes two schools — the renamed Forsyth Virtual …

Academy to hold PB meeting about virtual school

Arkansas Connections Academy, a virtual public school for students in K through ninth grades, will hold an information session at noon Wednesday, …

Michelle Mueller: Check out virtual schooling before Friday deadline

If you have a student like this, I encourage you to consider virtual school as an option. Our open enrollment window closes Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. To …

That bad dream about being unable to finish test? Hundreds of Georgia students living it.

More on the GA virtual school, we constantly get bounced out of our AT & T service. I have upped it from 12 to 24. That doesn’t help because it gets …

Tampa businessman cautions against dismantling school choice in Florida

… the constitutionality of other school choice opportunities, such as taxpayer-funded Pre-K programs, charter schools and Florida Virtual School.

Community tries to get grip after Leesburg High School fights

Her next academic stop has yet to be determined, though Glover has consideredvirtual school and various charter schools among the options.

Junior Achievement goes big online

It’s called the Royden Richardson Virtual School for Volunteers. Launched this month after a year in development, its purpose is to help volunteers …

Highland Springs HS teacher earns national award

He also created the “HSHS Virtual School” (HSHS), a place for students and teachers to connect outside of school and collaborate on lesson plans …

Orlando virtual school laying off dozens of workers

Florida Connections Academy LLC, a virtual school for grade levels K-12, is laying of 80 employees at its Orlando location, according to the Florida …

Local schools awarded ‘recognition’ dollars based on student test scores

Twenty-two local schools will get a piece of the $134.6 million pie that is school recognition dollars — an initiative that annually awards schools for …

Alachua eSchool offers elementary students flexibility

Alachua eSchool invited families to its campus Wednesday to learn about the virtual school’s options for elementary schoolers. There was a …

JEDI information presented to Marshall School Board

… Dane Interactive Online Network (JEDI) gave a presentation to the Marshall School Board regarding its plans to begin an international virtual school.

Additional funding, concerns for districts with passage of education budget

The new Education Trust Fund Budget, that was signed into law on Tuesday, has $290 million in additional funding for the new fiscal year, marking the …

Top Scholars: Brevard Virtual School’s Jessica Knaffl

[More: See all of Brevard County’s 2016 Top Scholars]. Name: Jessica Knaffl. School: Brevard Virtual School. Age: 16. Hometown: Palm Bay.

New online school addresses tech needs

GREEN BAY – A Wisconsin technical college, a trade union and an online education provider have teamed to form a first-of-its-kind virtual school …

Florida education news: Spending, testing, school choice and more

ONLINE EDUCATION: Orlando-based virtual school Florida Connections Academy announces layoffs, the Orlando Business Journal reports.

Education Bulletin

This qualifies these schools for a Silver Medal recognition. Orange County Virtual School received bronze level recognition for their placement in the …

Students Taking Apex Learning Advanced Placement Courses Again Outpace National Average

… Advanced Placement (AP) exam across Apex Learning Virtual School AP courses was 68 percent, seven percentage points higher than the national …

Bates: Virtual school right choice for my daughter

Our public virtual school, Wyoming Virtual Academy, organizes ShaiLyn’s curriculum to her individual needs. Not every student has to be on the same …

Global Online Private School Opens Enrollment for 2016-17 School Year

Virtual school appeals to all types of students and families are choosing full-time and individual courses at iNaCA for a variety of reasons. According to …

East Lee High School 15-year-old to graduate in June

So when he finished his fifth-grade year, the Davis family eyed various middle school honors programs before settling on Lee Virtual School.

BVUSD Brings ‘Virtual Education’ to the Valley

Bear Valley Connections Academy is a high quality, high tech, high interaction, virtual ‘school without walls’ that brings out the best in every student …

School choice advocate makes compelling case for Tax Credit Scholarships in Tallahassee speech

Florida’s innovations like online education (through the Florida Virtual School), magnets, charters and dual enrollment programs between high schools …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Penn Hills district’s own cyber school program adds drop-in centers, grows enrollment

Penn Hills School District’s cyber school has been retooled with a new direction and room for growth. C.H.I.E.F.S. Academy — Cyber High Quality …

West Perry School District faces dire finances

It was estimated that each student who transfers to an outside cyber school costs the district $8,000 in funding. To combat this, the district has created …

Boards gear up for schooling on cybersecurity

… plenty of smart money around, but finding patient investors is a challenge. New LG phone finds a few friends · Boards gear up for cyber school …

Penn Hills district’s own cyber school program adds drop-in centers, grows enrollment

Penn Hills School District’s cyber school has been retooled with a new direction and room for growth. C.H.I.E.F.S. Academy — Cyber High Quality …

Halt expansion of virtual schools because of poor academic results, report says

Rick Snyder signed legislation that incrementally lifted the cap on the number of cybercharter schools allowed in Michigan. Currently, the state’s …

Changes coming to Sharpsville Schools to avoid tax increase

Also, starting a blended school will help the deficit. “Meaning that, those kids currently in cyber school, we’re gonna bring some back and let go to our …

Conneaut School District leaders discouraged by low turnout of budget town halls

Eighteen mills of tax revenues are due to PSERS and charter cyber school costs, and the district has no control over PSERS and charter cyber school …

Stroudsburg School District looking at cyber program; teachers want fair compensation

He said there are 43 students who would be willing to be a part a district cyber school, equating to a savings of $800,000 a year. The district stopped …

Millersburg School Board delays district-wide cuts

“You are complaining that students are going to cyber school, and my mom wanted to send me there, but I said no because I like it here. These cuts go …
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