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Friday, July 14, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

From the Yahoo! news alert for virtual school.

FLorida Virtual School Launches New Performance Driven e-Learning for Online Learning
PR Web Sat, 08 Jul 2006 0:13 AM PDT

Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a leading developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students throughout the country, launched Virtual School Administrator (VSA) – an innovative Performance Management System designed specifically to meet the unique needs of organizations providing online learning opportunities to students. VSA tools enhance student and teacher performance

The week: July 2-8
San Diego Union-Tribune Sun, 09 Jul 2006 9:35 AM PDT

July 9 (UNION-TRIBUNE): The University of California is starting a virtual public high school for San Diego County students.

Q.C. students opt for classes online
East Valley Tribune Sun, 09 Jul 2006 7:32 AM PDT

Queen Creek has the fastest growing student enrollment into the state's largest virtual academy compared to other East Valley communities. Mary Gifford, director of the Arizona Virtual Academy, said Queen Creek, Prescott and Tucson are the online school's hot spots for growth.

Dropout rate not getting any better
The Columbus Dispatch Sun, 09 Jul 2006 3:52 AM PDT

Sherrell Mallory was in and out of foster care. Her grades slipped. After a while, school slipped away, too: In the 10 th grade, she dropped out of Northland High School.

Virtual schools expand Kansas districts' reach
The Wichita Eagle Sun, 09 Jul 2006 11:40 PM PDT

The Lawrence school district is looking for more students and has come to Wichita, about 180 miles away, to find them. Lawrence is advertising in The Eagle and other papers statewide for students to enroll in its virtual school, which allows students to attend classes without leaving their homes.

Vivox Delivers Voice to Languagelab.Com Virtual Classrooms
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 10 Jul 2006 6:00 AM PDT

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.----July 10, 2006--Vivox, a pioneer in delivering real-time communication to online communities, today announced that its Vivox Precision Studio solution will power the Languagelab.com immersive language school built on the Second Life platform.

Learning online: Enrollment in 'virtual' schools increases as parents seek options
BizJournals Sun, 09 Jul 2006 9:54 PM PDT

When their daughter, Lindsey, was nearing kindergarten, Dirk and Jennifer Ockerlander evaluated public, private and religious schools to determine which would offer the best education for their child.

Charter schools could go online
Louisville Courier-Journal Tue, 11 Jul 2006 2:46 AM PDT

In about a year some public school students in Indiana might be doing most of their learning at home, using computers and the Internet for many of their classes. Ball State University in Muncie is considering guidelines to authorize the formation of "virtual charter schools," allowing parents to use online instruction for their children.

Ball State developing online charter school
The Indianapolis Star Tue, 11 Jul 2006 12:11 PM PDT

Indiana would get its first online charter schools under guidelines being considered by Ball State University, which would allow parents to use largely computer-based instruction for their children.

New Virtual Charter School Delivers Positive Results For Colorado's At-Risks Childrens
SchoolBuyer'sOnline Wed, 12 Jul 2006 6:40 AM PDT

Hope Online Learning Academy Co-Op (Hope Co-Op), a virtual charter school designed to meet the needs of K-12 at-risk students in Colorado, announced initial assessment scores that demonstrate extraordinary improvement in reading for the at-risk children enrolled in Hope Co-Op during its inaugural academic year

Virtual school may open in Illinois
Chicago Tribune Thu, 13 Jul 2006 5:40 AM PDT

600 Chicago students could do studies online Illinois' first virtual public elementary school is preparing to open this fall to serve up to 600 Chicago students willing to spend their grade school years in a cyberspace classroom.

Chicago Virtual Charter School Board of Directors Announces City's First K-8 Online Public School
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Thu, 13 Jul 2006 9:05 AM PDT

Families across Chicago will soon have access to a new high quality public school option for their kids with the announcement of the Chicago Virtual Charter School -- the city's first K - 8 online public school.

Teachers Union Opposes Virtual K-8 Charter School
Slashdot Fri, 14 Jul 2006 4:47 AM PDT

theodp writes "'You can't sit a child in front of a computer and expect him to learn things he needs to succeed in society,' said unimpressed Chicago Teachers Union president Marilyn Stewart of the Chicago Virtual Charter School, which will open to Chicago elementary school students this fall if approved by the state board of education."

Virtual School Provides Alternative To Home School
CBS 2 Chicago Thu, 13 Jul 2006 3:15 PM PDT

Starting this fall, some Chicago kids will be able to go to school without leaving home. CBS 2’s Joanie Lum reports on the city’s new virtual school, one that will meet online most of the time.

Virtual schools offer diploma programs
UPI Fri, 14 Jul 2006 7:59 AM PDT

ORLANDO, Fla., July 14 (UPI) -- Internet-based schools like Florida Virtual School in Orlando are on the rise in the United States, offering credits and diplomas to computer savvy students.

Chicago Virtual Charter School Board of Directors Announces City's First K-8 Online Public School
SYS-CON Media Thu, 13 Jul 2006 1:26 PM PDT

the city's first K - 8 online public school. CVCS is one of a number of new public schools created as part of Chicago Public Schools Renaissance 2010 initiative.

Wireless Technology Spawns Chicago's First K-8 Online Public School
Wireless IQ Fri, 14 Jul 2006 8:53 AM PDT

The Chicago Virtual Charter School to use a high-tech 'blended school'...

Computer Drive at Cannan School
RedNova Fri, 14 Jul 2006 11:16 AM PDT

Cannan Christian School, Mountville, is holding a computer drive for its Virtual Academy students. The computers need to be Windows 2000 or XP, with Pentium 3 or newer, and in good working order. For more information, contact Judith Mastros at 285-5411.

Clarifying Cyber School Matters
RedNova Fri, 14 Jul 2006 11:16 AM PDT

TO THE EDITOR: In an article ("Paying the virtual bills"), Rep. Mike Sturla is quoted as saying of cyber schools: "We'll send you a new computer and some online classes that may or may not have been proven to get your kid somewhere.

Summer school goes online
The Bay City Times Fri, 14 Jul 2006 8:31 AM PDT

Justin Kilgore recently fractured his collarbone, and while the broken bone may be a pain in the neck, it won't stop him from picking up a math credit in summer school.

On to my Yahoo! news alert for cyber school.

The week: July 2-8
San Diego Union-Tribune Sun, 09 Jul 2006 9:35 AM PDT

July 9 (UNION-TRIBUNE): The University of California is starting a virtual public high school for San Diego County students.

IN OUR SCHOOLS: Grand Forks district wraps up summer school Friday Courses let students make up past failures or get
Grand Forks Herald Mon, 10 Jul 2006 1:12 AM PDT

About 680 students who will be ninth- through 12th-graders in the fall finished summer school classes in Grand Forks on Friday, an enrollment number that has remained fairly stable in recent years, the director of high school summer school said.

Virtual schools expand Kansas districts' reach
The Wichita Eagle Sun, 09 Jul 2006 11:40 PM PDT

The Lawrence school district is looking for more students and has come to Wichita, about 180 miles away, to find them. Lawrence is advertising in The Eagle and other papers statewide for students to enroll in its virtual school, which allows students to attend classes without leaving their homes.

EL board open to NNDS cyber offer
East Liverpool Review Mon, 10 Jul 2006 10:57 PM PDT

EAST LIVERPOOL - Eventually, said Dr. Nick Trombetta, "every school will have to offer cyber. It will be a blend." A blend of paid and free services - possibly to help the city school district develop its own cyber offerings - may be the next step in the relationship between the district and NNDS.

Year passes without ruling on Santorum charter-school case
phillyburbs.com Tue, 11 Jul 2006 3:07 PM PDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A dispute over whether a school district can recover tax money it paid for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's children to attend an Internet-based charter school remains unresolved a year after a hearing officer recommended that the state dismiss the case.

Charter schools could go online
Louisville Courier-Journal Tue, 11 Jul 2006 2:46 AM PDT

In about a year some public school students in Indiana might be doing most of their learning at home, using computers and the Internet for many of their classes. Ball State University in Muncie is considering guidelines to authorize the formation of "virtual charter schools," allowing parents to use online instruction for their children.

EL board open to NNDS cyber offer
East Liverpool Review Tue, 11 Jul 2006 9:42 PM PDT

EAST LIVERPOOL - Eventually, said Dr. Nick Trombetta, "every school will have to offer cyber. It will be a blend." A blend of paid and free services - possibly to help the city school district develop its own cyber offerings - may be the next step in the relationship between the district and NNDS.

Year Passes Without Ruling On Santorum Charter-School Case
Action News 4 Pittsburgh Wed, 12 Jul 2006 7:19 AM PDT

A dispute over whether a school district can recover tax money it paid for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's children to attend an Internet-based charter school remains unresolved a year after a hearing officer recommended that the state dismiss the case.

And then the Google news alert for virtual school.

FLorida Virtual School Launches New Performance Driven e-Learning ...
PR Web (press release) - Ferndale,WA,USA

Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a leading developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students throughout the country, launched Virtual School ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual school lets Charlotte join in lessons
TMCnet (press release) - USA

... of Stockton City Learning Centre (CLC), she is now able to join in lessons via a virtual classroom. Charlotte, a pupil at Hartburn Primary School, in Stockton ...

Virtual schools expand Kansas districts' reach
Kansas.com - KS,USA

... Lawrence is advertising in The Eagle and other papers statewide for students to enroll in its virtual school, which allows students to attend classes without ...

Officials pull the plug on plans for virtual school franchise ...
Charlotte Sun-Herald - Charlotte,FL,USA

A year after Lee County schools revealed plans to open a virtual school, district officials say they have dropped the project. Instead ...

Finally, the Google news alert for cyber school.

When humans transcend biology
Boston Globe - United States

... Technologies and Human Rights," held at Stanford Law School in May, and ... biology -- whether through genetic engineering or artificial cyber-intelligence -- is ...

Elders share advice online
DetNews.com - Detroit,MI,USA

... Please ask the teachers for ways to enrich his program at school. ... Think of them as "cyber grandparents," a virtual shoulder to cry on, anonymously and at no ...

The virtual teenage world where parents fear to tread
Scotsman - United Kingdom

... Having done so, you have access to numerous school clubs (set up by students ... like wiredsafety.org to create safety tips on issues such as cyber-bullying and ...

The week: July 2-8
San Diego Union Tribune - United States

... UC Online Academy is a cyber charter school. As a cyber school, it offers a complete curriculum on the Internet. As a charter school ...

IN OUR SCHOOLS: Grand Forks district wraps up summer school Friday ...
Grand Forks Herald - Grand Forks,ND,USA

... with children in summer school to check out books. Some of the exploratory programs included a penmanship class; a technology class called Cyber Camp; maps and ...

Until next week...

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