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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

Starting with the Yahoo! news alerts for virtual school

Opportunities: Elverado HS on Target With Its ‘Virtual School'
Du Quoin Evening Call Fri, 25 Aug 2006 11:33 PM PDT

With EHS senior Lee Stewart's decision to 'transfer' to an Olympic training facility in California to hone in on his archery skills, his parents asked the district how their son could make that move but still remain an active student at Elverado High.

Opportunities: Elverado HS on Target With Its ‘Virtual School'
Du Quoin Evening Call Tue, 29 Aug 2006 1:28 PM PDT

With EHS senior Lee Stewart's decision to 'transfer' to an Olympic training facility in California to hone in on his archery skills, his parents asked the district how their son could make that move but still remain an active student at Elverado High.

Classroom loses walls in new charter school
Post-Tribune Tue, 29 Aug 2006 2:38 AM PDT

Indiana students who dislike the confinement of a classroom and love the Internet may soon get a school choice of their dreams.

Committee accomplishments:
Berkshire Eagle Tue, 29 Aug 2006 0:15 AM PDT

Completed the first draft of a districtwide Building Use Study on Jan. 24. Participated in the legislative Regional Caucus. Helped to establish the Virtual High School program in the district for 2006.

McBride 'deeply concerned' by virtual-school mailings
Billings Gazette Wed, 30 Aug 2006 10:59 AM PDT

CASPER - State Superintendent Jim McBride said he was concerned about a company's mass mailings to parents around the state to drum up business for its virtual-school curriculum.

'Virtual' school hits obstacles
Casper Star-Tribune Wed, 30 Aug 2006 1:17 AM PDT

The Campbell County School District's effort to open a "virtual" elementary school hit another bump in the road recently, with Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride criticizing an effort to market the school to families across Wyoming.

Virtual academy numbers at 10,000
The Steubenville Herald-Star Wed, 30 Aug 2006 7:37 AM PDT

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Governing School Board on Tuesday learned the Virtual Learning Academy, an Internet-based learning alternative, will likely reach 10,000 students within the week.

Opportunities: Elverado HS on Target With Its ‘Virtual School'
Du Quoin Evening Call Wed, 30 Aug 2006 10:17 AM PDT

With EHS senior Lee Stewart's decision to 'transfer' to an Olympic training facility in California to hone in on his archery skills, his parents asked the district how their son could make that move but still remain an active student at Elverado High.

Farmer continues online charter school effort
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Wed, 30 Aug 2006 2:45 AM PDT

A Fort Wayne man is moving forward with his plan to start an online charter school in the city now that Ball State University has approved amended guidelines for how the school should be operated.

Schools in the 21st Century
Scoop.co.nz Tue, 29 Aug 2006 5:50 PM PDT

In the future will schools have robotic teachers? Will classrooms only exist in the virtual world? What will the school of the future look like? These are some of the possible questions that teams from four secondary schools hope to raise at the inaugural Our School of the Future Challenge.

Ky. students lag on AP test scores
The Kentucky Post Wed, 30 Aug 2006 12:12 PM PDT

LOUISVILLE - Advanced-placement classes are attracting more Kentucky high school students, but the percentage of Kentucky seniors who pass an advanced-placement test lags behind the national average, officials said.

More state students taking AP courses
Louisville Courier-Journal Wed, 30 Aug 2006 2:53 AM PDT

More Kentucky high school students are taking advanced-placement classes -- and earning college credit, state education officials reported yesterday.

'Virtual' school hits obstacles
Casper Star-Tribune Thu, 31 Aug 2006 1:17 AM PDT

The Campbell County School District's effort to open a "virtual" elementary school hit another bump in the road recently, with Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride criticizing an effort to market the school to families across Wyoming.

McBride 'deeply concerned' by virtual-school mailings
Billings Gazette Wed, 30 Aug 2006 10:46 PM PDT

CASPER - State Superintendent Jim McBride said he was concerned about a company's mass mailings to parents around the state to drum up business for its virtual-school curriculum.

NIIT, IIM-C to launch virtual classroom together
ZDNet India Thu, 31 Aug 2006 0:13 AM PDT

Leading business school Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) Tuesday entered into a strategic alliance with NIIT, Asia's largest IT trainer, to offer executive development programmes through virtual classrooms.

Mailings concern state's school chief
Billings Gazette Thu, 31 Aug 2006 0:04 AM PDT

CASPER - State Superintendent Jim McBride said he was concerned about a company's mass mailings to parents around the state to drum up business for its virtual school curriculum. The company, K12 Inc., has been working with the Campbell County Schoo ...

Opportunities: Elverado HS on Target With Its ‘Virtual School'
Du Quoin Evening Call Thu, 31 Aug 2006 1:13 PM PDT

With EHS senior Lee Stewart's decision to 'transfer' to an Olympic training facility in California to hone in on his archery skills, his parents asked the district how their son could make that move but still remain an active student at Elverado High.

Students enrolled in virtual algebra
Bowling Green Daily News Thu, 31 Aug 2006 10:14 AM PDT

Algebra is a class many ninth-graders look to with anxiety, but some sixth- and seventh-graders in the Warren County school district are taking the course early, with smiles on their faces.

State education official visits VHS
Villages Daily Sun Thu, 31 Aug 2006 6:16 AM PDT

THE VILLAGES — Steve Adams, director of Charter, Virtual and Home Education with the Florida Department of Education, liked what he saw during his visit to The Villages High School.

'Virtual' school hits obstacles
Casper Star-Tribune Fri, 01 Sep 2006 1:12 AM PDT

The Campbell County School District's effort to open a "virtual" elementary school hit another bump in the road recently, with Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride criticizing an effort to market the school to families across Wyoming.

Charter school going online
Chicago Tribune Fri, 01 Sep 2006 3:47 AM PDT

State board OKs virtual elementary despite opposition In a tense and dramatic meeting, the Illinois State Board of Education gave approval for the state's first virtual public elementary school to open its cyberspace doors this fall.

Opportunities: Elverado HS on Target With Its ‘Virtual School'
Du Quoin Evening Call Fri, 01 Sep 2006 10:58 AM PDT

With EHS senior Lee Stewart's decision to 'transfer' to an Olympic training facility in California to hone in on his archery skills, his parents asked the district how their son could make that move but still remain an active student at Elverado High.

Students enrolled in virtual algebra
Bowling Green Daily News Fri, 01 Sep 2006 8:24 AM PDT

Algebra is a class many ninth-graders look to with anxiety, but some sixth- and seventh-graders in the Warren County school district are taking the course early, with smiles on their faces.

'Virtual' school stays small
Casper Star-Tribune Sat, 02 Sep 2006 1:16 AM PDT

CHEYENNE -- Following a note of alarm sounded by Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride over statewide mailings encouraging parents to enroll their children in a "Wyoming Virtual School," the Campbell County school board has decided not to open up its planned virtual school to students outside the county.

Opportunities: Elverado HS on Target With Its ‘Virtual School'
Du Quoin Evening Call Fri, 01 Sep 2006 11:10 PM PDT

With EHS senior Lee Stewart's decision to 'transfer' to an Olympic training facility in California to hone in on his archery skills, his parents asked the district how their son could make that move but still remain an active student at Elverado High.

Next the Yahoo! news alert for cyber school.

New program offers cyber-school alternative
Sewickley Herald Thu, 31 Aug 2006 9:16 AM PDT

Quaker Valley has teamed up with a non-profit organization to compete with the cyber-schooling trend.

Charter school may open Sept. 5
The Deming Headlight Wed, 30 Aug 2006 11:12 PM PDT

Classes will begin a day short of three weeks late at Deming's Cesar Chavez Charter High School. The first-year school, offering programs for those who have left the traditional school system, was to open Aug. 16, the same as other Deming schools on the traditional school calendar.

Charter school going online
Chicago Tribune Fri, 01 Sep 2006 3:47 AM PDT

State board OKs virtual elementary despite opposition In a tense and dramatic meeting, the Illinois State Board of Education gave approval for the state's first virtual public elementary school to open its cyberspace doors this fall.

On to the Google news alert for virtual school.

Virtual school: 100 students can take up to seven classes
Gillette News Record - Gillette WY,USA

... The virtual school will provide an out-of-the-classroom education option that supplements or replaces traditional home schooling. ...

Virtual school boosts district enrollment
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA

For the third consecutive year, the Lawrence Virtual School, 2145 La., has helped keep enrollment numbers in the black. If not for ...

Finally from the Google news alert for cyber school.

Franklin board preps for school year
News-Herald - Franklin,PA,USA

... In other matters, Paranick reported that seven students are already registered for the district's cyber school program, which will debut this fall. ...

Cyber school funding debated
Lancaster Newspapers - Lancaster,PA,USA

... This was the second public hearing to let cyber school proponents and public school officials air their differences over who should pay for cyber students ...

Top Cyber News 8/28
WLNS - Lansing,MI,USA

... for launching a computer attack that hit tens of thousands of computers, including some belonging to the Department of Defense, a hospital and a school district ...

Hearing on Cyber Schools Draws Large Crowd to Allentown
WFMZ-TV Online - Allentown,PA,USA

... The hearing itself featured emotional debate from cyber school families and from representatives of public schools. State Representative ...

Back to school/West: New technology, teachers greet pupils
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

... This year, it will use Lincoln Interactive classes, developed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and marketed through a cyber school offshoot, the ...

Back to school/South: A brand new year
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

... The district is opening its own cyber school in a renovated area of Francis McClure Intermediate School. Cyber school students will ...

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