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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

Still nothing from the Google service, but some from my new Yahoo news alert service.

ONLINE LEARNING ON THE RISE IN PA.
Citizens Voice Sun, 02 Apr 2006 5:42 AM PDT

WILKES-BARRE — Worksheets, alphabet charts, school books and computer equipment fill Lisa Yancheck’s bright dining room.

UM Online High School Introduces 'Virtual Clubs'
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 03 Apr 2006 4:55 AM PDT

Online education isn't just a solitary pursuit anymore. At the University of Miami Online High School, a new wave of "virtual clubs" is putting the "school" back in "virtual school."

Schools in an online world
The Post and Courier Mon, 03 Apr 2006 4:03 AM PDT

Kenny Softness is one of 21,500 high school students in Florida with the ability to study foreign languages, follow Advanced Placement instruction and meet other elective requirements by logging on to a home computer.

Information session for virtual school
Hot Springs Village Voice Tue, 04 Apr 2006 11:14 PM PDT

Parents interested in the Arkansas Virtual School - an internetbased, K-7 public school run through the Arkansas Department of Education - can attend informational meetings at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Central Arkansas Library in Little Rock.

High school students delivering babies? Welcome to Med School 101
Stanford Report Wed, 05 Apr 2006 11:36 AM PDT

Sitting in the doctor’s seat, a 15-year-old girl furrowed her brow, preparing to oversee a birth. The procedure in question was a simulation using a robot, but it was very real for her and dozens of other Bay Area high school students who participated in a day of special classes at the medical school.

Correction Bill Good News for E-Schools
SYS-CON Media Thu, 06 Apr 2006 1:18 PM PDT

The following statement may be attributed to Leonard Cosentino, President of the Ohio Coalition of eSchool Families and may be used in whole or in part.

Southmoreland proposes budget
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Thu, 06 Apr 2006 9:16 PM PDT

Southmoreland School District business manager Bill Porter presented a balanced 2006-07 budget of $26,240,234 to school directors on Thursday.

Cyberschooling provides Rockwood teen the best of both worlds
Daily American Fri, 07 Apr 2006 10:26 PM PDT

According to Janee Romesberg, cyberschooling is an ideal educational alternative for her.

Riley talks technology
Jacksonville News Fri, 07 Apr 2006 11:22 AM PDT

Governor Bob Riley toured White Plains High School and visited with students in Amelia White’s Spanish class who are part of the Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide (ACCESS) Distance Learning program.

State turns down charter school's request for renewal
Hutchinson News Fri, 07 Apr 2006 3:29 AM PDT

The Kansas Department of Education recommended against renewal of Hutchinson Cyber Charter School, but local officials hope to change the state's mind.

Directors presented with balanced budget
Daily Courier Fri, 07 Apr 2006 5:41 AM PDT

Southmoreland School District Business Manager Bill Porter presented a balanced 2006-07 spending plan to school directors Thursday night.

Private schools, online sessions offer surfers flexibilty
Florida Today Fri, 07 Apr 2006 11:03 PM PDT

Surfers now have plenty of options to getting an education, from virtual online schools to flexible classroom tutoring.

Having an independent streak
Sonoma Index-Tribune Fri, 07 Apr 2006 10:33 PM PDT

04.07.06 - This article is the second of a series on the many ways local students go about getting an education outside of classroom walls. The last article looked at virtual charter schools; the next will explore home schooling.

Informational session about digital learning
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Sat, 08 Apr 2006 3:42 AM PDT

LANCASTER - Ohio Connections Academy informative session to provide parents information about public virtual learning options will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rodeway Inn and Rockmill Conference Center, VIP room, 1858 N. Memorial Drive.

School in Danger of Closing
WIBW-TV Topeka Sat, 08 Apr 2006 4:22 PM PDT

An Internet-based charter school that helps home-schooled children readjust to regular school is in danger of closing its virtual doors. State education officials have recommended against renewing the charter of Hutchinson Cyber Charter School.

Education examination
Florida Today Sat, 08 Apr 2006 11:11 PM PDT

Florida lawmakers are plowing through dozens of education issues this session that could affect more than 2.5 million public school students across the state.

Getting a head start
Monroe Evening News Sun, 09 Apr 2006 1:01 AM PDT

Mason High School students are taking advantage of unique electives. ERIE - A senior at Mason High School, Matt Cerveny is taking advantage of new classes to help further his education.

State not ready to approve charter school in Hutch
The Wichita Eagle Sun, 09 Apr 2006 11:35 PM PDT

HUTCHINSON -- After the Kansas Department of Education recommended against renewing its charter, the Hutchinson Cyber Charter School is planning to try again.

Meeting talks about virtual public school
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Tue, 11 Apr 2006 1:41 PM PDT

LANCASTER — Parents can learn more about Ohio Connections Academy during an information session Wednesday. The Ohio Connections Academy is a public charter school that allows students to be taught in a home school environment.

First virtual high school for the gifted
San Jose Mercury News Wed, 12 Apr 2006 12:18 PM PDT

Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth is taking the next logical step: launching what is believed to be the nation's first online high school for gifted students.

Southern approves contract with Virtual Learning Academy
East Liverpool Review Wed, 12 Apr 2006 9:47 PM PDT

The Southern Local Board of Education handled a number of items at its Monday meeting, including approving a contract that could result in students returning to the district. The contract with Jefferson County ESC was approved for Virtual Learning Academy.

Area kids can log in to 'virtual school'
The Sacramento Bee Thu, 13 Apr 2006 5:09 AM PDT

When it comes to shopping, medical advice, even dating, sometimes surfing the Internet is just easier than going out.

Board Passes Resolution Asking General Assembly, PA Department of Education to Protect Cyber School Funding
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Thu, 13 Apr 2006 6:19 AM PDT

The board of the Pennsylvania Families for Public Cyber Schools this week unanimously approved a resolution asking members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the state Department of Education to protect funding for Pennsylvania's public charter and cyber schools.

Home-schooling takes digital approach
CentralOhio.com Fri, 14 Apr 2006 5:13 AM PDT

FAIRFIELD COUNTY - Cell phones have replaced pay phones, iPods have replaced the Walkman - and now some people say virtual schools are beginning to replace traditional public schools.

This one comess from eSchool News Today.

Mich. first to mandate online learning

Looking to improve the level of rigor in high school classrooms and better prepare students for the realities of the modern workforce, Michigan lawmakers have approved a bill that requires every stude...
Apr 3 FULL STORY

And finally these two come from the ASCD SmartBrief.

Ohio board to pay online charter school for enrollment mistakes (Akron Beacon Journal - Ohio)

Educators are under pressure to improve student test scores. They are looking for results. Glencoe e-Solutions deliver the results you're looking for. These three online programs will help you integrate technology into core academic areas, and improve student performance in math, reading, writing, science and social studies. Each takes a different approach, giving you the flexibility you need.

Stanford to launch cyberschool for gifted teens (The Mercury News - California)

Later this month, Stanford University will begin accepting applications from very bright students for its new virtual high school for gifted youth, due to open this fall. The $12,000-a-year school, the first of its kind in the nation, will initially admit about 100 students in grades 10 through 12.

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