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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Virtual Schooling in the News

From the Google News Alert service this week.

Virtual school seeing virtually no profits
Science Daily (press release) - USA

Wisconsin's first statewide virtual high school is not the money maker that the school officials had hoped. The Waukesha School Board had estimated that the school, called iQ Academies at Wisconsin, could start generating as much as $1 million for the school district by next year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Now the school expects to be $1.2 million in the red by next summer.

Virtual school seeing virtually no profits
United Press International - USA

Wisconsin's first statewide virtual high school is not the money maker that the school officials had hoped. The Waukesha School Board had estimated that the school, called iQ Academies at Wisconsin, could start generating as much as $1 million for the school district by next year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Now the school expects to be $1.2 million in the red by next summer.

No tide of cash from virtual schools
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription) - Milwaukee, WI, USA

With a contract to open the first statewide virtual high school before them, the mood of the members of the Waukesha School Board at their January 2004 monthly meeting was effusive. A cost simulation showed that the school - called iQ Academies at Wisconsin - could start generating as much as $1 million for the school district by the 2006-'07 school year. School Board members gushed.

Most Benchmark results for online school top averages
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - AR, USA

Arkansas public school students who take their classes online in their homes exceeded the state averages in most grades on the state’s Benchmark Exam, according to data released this week by the Arkansas Virtual School. The Virtual School, which is operating at its maximum capacity of 430 students in kindergarten through eighth grades, posted average scores that were 6 percentage points to 25 percentage points higher than the statewide averages in the literacy and math portions of the exams.

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