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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

From the Yahoo! news alert for virtual school.

Interest in K-12 cyberschool inspires educators
Columbia Daily Tribune Sat, 29 Jul 2006 6:13 AM PDT

Missouri lawmakers are already calling to see how they can enroll their kids in the state’s new virtual school. "The interest is just profound," Deputy Commissioner of Education Bert Schulte told the state Board of Education on Thursday.

R'ville creates ‘Learning Academy'; Performance based system the key
News Democrat & Leader Sat, 29 Jul 2006 9:37 PM PDT

Russellville Independent Schools are looking to break new educational ground by becoming one of the first school systems in Kentucky to officially be a performance-based system.

State officials begin work to make virtual school a reality
Jefferson City News Tribune Mon, 31 Jul 2006 1:02 PM PDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's new online K-12 school won't open its virtual doors for almost a year, but state education officials say they already have parents lined up.

'Virtual school' will take transfers
Louisville Courier-Journal Mon, 31 Jul 2006 2:43 AM PDT

In Jefferson County, less than half of the students who applied for a No Child Left Behind transfer in 2005-06 from an underperforming school were granted one. That's because there wasn't enough space for them in the schools that meet federal goals.

Virtual school to provide access to online courses
Columbian Missourian Mon, 31 Jul 2006 1:03 AM PDT

$2.6 million in funding for the program must be approved by the state. Curt Fuchs, Missouri’s new director of virtual education, said taking classes online isn’t for every student.

JCPS To Open Virtual Schools
WAVE 3 Louisville Fri, 04 Aug 2006 9:40 AM PDT

By James Zambroski (LOUISVILLE) -- Virtual schools are about to become a reality in Louisville. This fall, the Jefferson County Public School System will open a high school that will use computers and

Next from the Yahoo! news alert for cyber school.

EL school enrollment study shows students coming and going
East Liverpool Review Sun, 30 Jul 2006 10:32 PM PDT

EAST LIVERPOOL - Mention "open enrollment" or "loss of enrollment" in the East Liverpool School District, and discussion usually focuses on the drain of students to BOSS cyber school and Beaver Local School District.

Pa. Cyber donating 6,800 computers to be renewed
East Liverpool Review Sun, 30 Jul 2006 10:32 PM PDT

EAST LIVERPOOL - The first 40 of 6,800 computers are headed to East Liverpool to be reconditioned and given to local schools.

OC school district will implement cyber program this fall
The Derrick Mon, 31 Jul 2006 8:31 PM PDT

The school hopes win back students enrolled with other cyber providers. In an effort to regain some of its students and expand its educational opportunities beyond brick and mortar classrooms, Oil City school officials have decided to implement a cyber program this fall.

On to the Google news alert for virtual school.

Virtual school faces hurdles
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune - Casper,WY,USA

GILLETTE (AP) -- Plans for a virtual school run by the school district here have been halted after state education officials said such a program wouldn't ...

Virtual school to provide access to online courses
Columbia Missourian - Columbia,MO,USA

... Starting next July, the new Missouri virtual school will allow students in all 524 school districts to access classes via the Internet. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual School ready to ‘admit’ students
Fergus Falls Daily Journal - Fergus Falls,MN,USA

The Virtual School of Minnesota, formerly the Virtual Outdoors Academy, is ready to enroll students for fall sessions, said program creator and Fergus Falls ...

'Virtual school' will take transfers
Louisville Courier-Journal - Louisville,KY,USA

... In response, the district plans to open a "virtual school" program this fall in unused space at Valley and Fairdale high schools. ...

Parents Are Taking Education Back Home
Lakeland Ledger - Lakeland,FL,USA

... Another option for parents is the Florida Virtual School. ... The Florida Virtual School is open to public, private and home-school students. ...

Finally, the Google news alert for cyber school.

... and can help reform public schools
Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA

... For example, one cyber school administrator told me her school was founded to help ''students from rural schools who wanted advanced placement courses that ...

Cyber charter schools need reforms ...
Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA

... The current formula of funding cyber schools is that school districts must pay 80 percent of the per-pupil costs toward the cyber school students' tuition. ...

The rise of the cyber-children
Journal of Turkish Weekly - Ankara,Turkey

... environment. Every Saturday morning at a north London school, a class meets to hone their computer skills and prepare for upcoming exams. ... [See all stories on this topic]

More accountability for cyber charters is reasonable goal of ...
Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA

... Taxpayers pay the costs. And, funds are sent to the cyber school operators from the treasuries of the local school districts. Those amounts can be significant. ...

School? Here is what the Sounding Board says
Statesman Journal - Salem,Oregon,USA

... Sounding Board, a cyber-based advisory panel, to give their views about Salem-Keizer schools and education. We asked: "The Salem-Keizer School District has a ...

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2 Comments:

Blogger Kate Logan said...

I wanted to leave a comment about the virtual school article from Wyoming. Our school, a 9-12 charter high school offers virtual classes to all our students, on campus and off campus, full time or part time, etc... We have been doing so for the past two school years and are getting ready to start our third in a few weeks.

It goes to show, how uninformed people in the WDE are. The current superintendent of public instruction sat on our planning committee and helped us get our school started.

11:16 AM  
Blogger MKB said...

Kate,

Maybe they just realize that their virtual school would be as successful as your's and are trying to scrap the plans because of it... ;)

MKB

10:56 PM  

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