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Friday, June 02, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

To start off this week, one from ASCD SmartBrief.

South Texas schools to offer online classes from Mexico - Houston Chronicle (5/29)

Thanks to a partnership between the University of Texas and Mexican education agencies, two South Texas school districts will soon allow immigrant and migrant students, among others, to take online math and science courses in Spanish from Mexican high schools, while they learn English and social science at their American campuses. One district will provide students laptops so they may study while they travel with their families from farm to farm.

From the Yahoo news alert service for virtual school.

Virtual School Enrollment
WIBW-TV Topeka Thu, 25 May 2006 4:32 PM PDT

A school that only exists in cyberspace will open its doors this fall with more students than many brick-and-mortar ones. The Lawrence Virtual School expects to enroll 750 students for the next school year, a significant jump from the 167 students it had in 2004.

District considers online academy
Fergus Falls Daily Journal Thu, 25 May 2006 10:41 PM 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 the Yahoo service for cyber school.

Cyber school begets an education empire
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Mon, 29 May 2006 9:09 PM PDT

Midland School District Superintendent Nick Trombetta often begins his story talking about how no Pennsylvania high school in 1994 would accept students from the tiny Beaver County district when its high school closed, causing students to bus to East Liverpool, Ohio.

Cyber school is part of an intricate web
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Mon, 29 May 2006 9:09 PM PDT

It's easy to understand why the public gets confused about the burgeoning education empire in Midland, Beaver County; it's been growing so fast that its creator, Nick Trombetta, sometimes gets confused himself.

Moving to look at the Google news Alert for virtual school.

Prospective Sun-Herald reporting position trial story
Charlotte Sun-Herald - Charlotte,FL,USA

... In between the family time and sailing, Bon said he'll be completing his junior year through online courses at the Florida Virtual School. ...

Out of School
Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia,MO,USA

... things.”. Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported a new virtual school option, which Robinson said the governor plans to sign. “I ...

`Virtual' class, real results
Charlotte Observer - Charlotte,NC,USA

... Sturgis is one of more than 100 students this year who used the district's virtual school to make up credits or work ahead on their own time. ...

Virtual healing
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL,USA

... page to her brother represents one of the more extensive ones on The Virtual Wall ... He came home to see her graduate from Hillsborough High School, his alma mater ...

Teachers receive store's honors
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA

... Lambert -- who will begin teaching for Florida Virtual School when she returns to the United States -- earned her bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College ...

Online enrollment soars
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA

That’s what has happened to the Lawrence Virtual School’s enrollment since the school’s inception. “There seems to be no ...

And finally the Google news Alert for cyber school.

Coal is a solid foundation in cooling times
Financial Times - London,England,UK

... Being “cyber” wasn’t enough, you had to be “digital” too. ... While nobody in my high school days would have accused me of being cool, I have a stake in ...

A cyber school for Boyertown?
Pottstown Mercury - Pottstown,PA,USA

... "This would enhance the education opportunities in the school district." Kulp explained that Boyertown could develop its own quality cyber school and help the ...

Taking back 'cyber' students
Lancaster Newspapers - Lancaster,PA,USA

... It’s the first cyber school in the county run by a public school district. ... The cyber school tuition rate rose this year to $6,067. ...

Franklin Regional's Bonfiglio takes advantage
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

... Bonfiglio played for Franklin Regional his freshman season, but he didn't play last year because he was making the transition to Cyber School. ...

Finally, to end with a different one - from Distance-Educator.com, Inc..

'Virtual' Class, Real Results
Source: charlotte.com

Online courses can be a valuable asset to students who are struggling in a classroom
http://www.distance-educator.com/dnews/Article14898.phtml

Cyber School Begets An Education Empire
Source: post-gazette.com

Midland School District Superintendent Nick Trombetta often begins his story talking about how no Pennsylvania high school in 1994 would accept students from the tiny Beaver County district when its high school closed, causing students to bus to East Liverpool, Ohio.
http://www.distance-educator.com/dnews/Article14897.phtml

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