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Friday, May 26, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

From my Yahoo news alert for virtual school.

Group pushes Fremont charter school
Casper Star-Tribune Sat, 20 May 2006 1:12 AM PDT

LANDER -- A proposal to create Wyoming's fourth charter school has been presented to the school board here, and supporters are touting the plan as a way to provide an educational alternative in Fremont County without detracting from the existing public school system.

Controversy aside, state embraces charter schools
Wisconsin State Journal Sun, 21 May 2006 8:11 AM PDT

School used to be a struggle for seventh-grader Justin Fobes, who said he was getting "straight F's" before enrolling at the River Crossing Environmental Charter School in Portage last fall.

Virtual-classroom summer work offered at Jessieville schools
Hot Springs Village Voice Tue, 23 May 2006 6:13 PM PDT

Jessieville School District will offer summer classes through the Arkansas Virtual School, said superintendent George Foshee.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Information sessions set
York Daily Record Wed, 24 May 2006 4:27 AM PDT

The Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School is holding several information sessions across the state to help tell people about the school, curriculum and books and to show demonstrations of the programs.

Lawrence Virtual School Expects 750 Students for Fall
KCTV 5 Kansas City Thu, 25 May 2006 10:06 AM PDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A school that only exists in cyberspace will open its doors this fall with more students than many brick-and-mortar ones.

Online enrollment soars
Lawrence Journal-World Thu, 25 May 2006 4:04 AM PDT

Up and up and up. That’s what has happened to the Lawrence Virtual School’s enrollment since the school’s inception.

District considers online academy
Fergus Falls Daily Journal Thu, 25 May 2006 9:27 AM PDT

A desire to pair online education with an outdoors-based learning environment was the basis for the Virtual Outdoors Academy, proposed to District 544 Monday.

And from my Yahoo news alert for cyber school.

Grad requirements will get tougher for Class of 2010
The Observer Sat, 20 May 2006 4:11 PM PDT

Ninth-graders at Rio Rancho Mid-High this fall will have four years in which each must take and pass a cyber class, a concurrent enrollment course, or an advanced placement (AP) course to be eligible for graduation in May of 2010.

A cyber school for Boyertown?
Pottstown Mercury Wed, 24 May 2006 0:28 AM PDT

BOYERTOWN -- Boyertown Area School District administrators are researching the costs of establishing a new school.

Titusville school board approves tentative budget
The Derrick Tue, 23 May 2006 8:42 PM PDT

Tax will increase due to gas and fuel costs, cyber school tuitions and pension funds. TITUSVILLE - Titusville school directors tentatively approved a 2006-07 budget calling for a 2-mill tax increase for Crawford County residents during a special meeting Monday evening.

Online enrollment soars
Lawrence Journal-World Thu, 25 May 2006 4:04 AM PDT

Up and up and up. That’s what has happened to the Lawrence Virtual School’s enrollment since the school’s inception.

And the Google Alert for cyber school seems to have continued this week...

Buffalo Township property owners face 6-mill school tax hike
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

... Board members blamed unfunded state and federal mandates, such as cyber school funding and No Child Left Behind requirements, for much of the spending increases ...

Franklin seeks ways to curb spending
News-Herald - Franklin,PA,USA

... Superintendent Ronald Paranick received the board's approval to continue investigating a cyber school option through the Beaver Area School District, which ...

The High School Cyber Defense Competition
Technology News Daily - Scottsdale,AZ,USA

... It's all part of Iowa's first High School Cyber Defense Competition. The competition that started at 7 pm Friday, May 19, at Iowa ...[See all stories on this topic]

Buzz builds for Bioscience High
Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ,USA

... The other two schools are Cyber High, which opened this year, where all student work is done on computer, and a school opening next year for kids interested in ...

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