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Friday, May 12, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

From my Yahoo news alert service for virtual school...

Mo. Lawmakers Vote for 'Virtual School'
ABC News Tue, 09 May 2006 12:11 PM PDT

Missouri Lawmakers Vote to Create 'Virtual Public School' Linking Students, Teachers by Computer

Mo. Lawmakers Vote for 'Virtual School'
San Francisco Chronicle Tue, 09 May 2006 1:14 PM PDT

Missouri students who are home sick, home-schooled or in need of a different approach to education could soon find their teachers on the Internet. State lawmakers voted Tuesday to create a "virtual public school" that would link students to teachers...

Mo. Lawmakers Vote for 'Virtual School'
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune Tue, 09 May 2006 1:09 PM PDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri students who are home sick, home-schooled or in need of a different approach to education could soon find their teachers on the Internet. State lawmakers voted Tuesday to create a "virtual public school'' that would link students to teachers and textbooks by computer starting in 2007. Gov. Matt Blunt supports the idea but is reviewing the legislation before

Mo. lawmakers vote for 'virtual school'
Victoria Advocate Tue, 09 May 2006 12:35 PM PDT

State lawmakers voted Tuesday to create a "virtual public school" that would link students to teachers and textbooks by computer starting in 2007. Gov. Matt Blunt supports the idea but is reviewing the legislation before deciding whether to sign it, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Missouri lawmakers vote to create virtual school
Kansas City Star Tue, 09 May 2006 11:27 AM PDT

Missouri lawmakers approved the creation of a new public school Tuesday that would link students to teachers and textbooks by the computer instead of a traditional classroom.

Mo. Lawmakers Vote for 'Virtual School'
AP via Yahoo! News Tue, 09 May 2006 11:56 AM PDT

Missouri students who are home sick, home-schooled or in need of a different approach to education could soon find their teachers on the Internet.

Virtual high school offers real diplomas
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Mon, 08 May 2006 10:51 PM PDT

Starting this fall, earning a high-school diploma will be only a mouse click away.

A dubious virtual voucher
St. Petersburg Times Tue, 09 May 2006 5:00 AM PDT

The state Constitution and bully politics finally caught up with the signature school voucher plan of the Jeb Bush era, but the indiscriminate push to privatize education is better illustrated by a computer modem and a pot of gold.

Finkbeiner starts online high school
King County Journal Tue, 09 May 2006 3:40 AM PDT

BELLEVUE -- Sen. Bill Finkbeiner will go from the statehouse to the schoolhouse, but his new educational endeavor comes with a twist: He'll run a for-profit company that's an online public high school for full-time students statewide.

Missouri lawmakers vote to create virtual school
USA Today Tue, 09 May 2006 4:17 PM PDT

Missouri lawmakers approved the creation of a new public school Tuesday that would link students to teachers and textbooks by the computer instead of a traditional classroom. The "virtual school" would begin offering courses during the 2007-2008 school year.

US lawmakers vote in favour of virtual school
Independent Online Tue, 09 May 2006 11:03 PM PDT

Missouri students who are homesick, home-schooled or in need of a different approach to education could soon find their teachers on the Internet, state lawmakers have said after voting in favour of a "virtual school".

Missouri lawmakers vote to create virtual school
Kansas City Star Wed, 10 May 2006 10:45 AM PDT

Missouri lawmakers approved the creation of a new public school Tuesday that would link students to teachers and textbooks by the computer instead of a traditional classroom.

Missouri lawmakers vote to create 'virtual school
'CNN.com Wed, 10 May 2006 7:12 AM PDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (AP) -- Missouri students who are home sick, home-schooled or in need of a different approach to education could soon find their teachers on the Internet.

A School With No Walls
ABC News Wed, 10 May 2006 3:27 AM PDT

Online School Set to Open for Washington State Students

Virtual school bill sent to Blunt
Jefferson City News Tribune Thu, 11 May 2006 4:40 AM PDT

Missouri lawmakers approved the creation of a new public school Tuesday that would link students to teachers and textbooks by the computer instead of a traditional classroom.

And from Yahoo for cyber school...

Virtual high school offers real diplomas
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Mon, 08 May 2006 10:51 PM PDT

Starting this fall, earning a high-school diploma will be only a mouse click away.

KD Investigates: PA Cyber School
KDKA Pittsburgh Tue, 09 May 2006 4:17 PM PDT

The Pennsylvania Cyber School teaches home-schoolers on the internet but a KDKA investigation questions whether millions of your school district's tax dollars are being funneled into a network of other organizations to fund lavish trips, unrelated construction projects and the promotion of other cyber schools out of state.

Dept. Of Education To Probe Cyber Schools
KDKA Pittsburgh Wed, 10 May 2006 5:17 PM PDT

There are strong reaction and promises of action after a KDKA investigation into possible misuse of tax dollars at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.

And finally from my ASCD SmartBrief.

Washington state to open its first online high school

The private Portland-based firm Insight Schools will team up with Quillayute Valley School District to offer Washington state's first fully online high school this fall. The company will provide laptops, Internet access and a printer to students, who'll be able to choose among 140 courses ranging from remedial to Advanced Placement. The Seattle Times (free registration) (5/9)

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see a vitural school for older high school drop outs. I dropped out of school about 20 years ago & wanting to go back and graduate. But in Kansas City someone my age is 2 embarrassed to go night school with students that are only lacking 1 or 2 credits & are ur children age. Please consider the older people wanting to graduate

1:38 AM  
Blogger MKB said...

Actually, it depends on the individual virtual school what types of students they expect. While I'm sure a virtual school that caters to only students older than the average would probably be the best environment for a student like yourself, any virtual school that allowed older students to register, and many do, would be okay because it is not like you have to physically sit next to the seventeen year old. The virtual environment means that you can blend in and kind of hid the fact that you are older than the average.

MKB

6:43 AM  

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