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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

Beginning with the Yahoo! News Alert virtual school.

Home, for some, is where the school is
Villages Daily Sun Tue, 07 Nov 2006 6:18 AM PST

BUSHNELL — Children taught at home miss out on so many experiences that children who attend public school get to experience every day. Their parents are thrilled about it.

Moving on to the Yahoo! News Alert for cyber school.

Santorum, Casey race close; voters explain why
Standard Speaker Sat, 04 Nov 2006 9:09 PM PST

Issues such as war in Iraq, taxes and immigration draw voters to either Rick Santorum or Bob Casey in the race for the U.S. Senate, but so do personal experiences.

General News
Clarion News Tue, 07 Nov 2006 5:08 AM PST

KNOX – The Keystone School Board Oct. 16 agreed to enter a $7,500 agreement with the Intermediate Unit 5 for services aimed at drawing students back to the district who have enrolled in cyber charter schools.

Casey for Senate
York Daily Record Mon, 06 Nov 2006 11:21 PM PST

Robert Casey is a better fit ideologically for Pennsylvania than Rick Santorum. ·Residency: Sen. Rick Santorum has been hammered because he lives most of the year in a Virginia house with his family - rather than a modest home near Pittsburgh he also owns.

The Cyber School Option
WNEP 16 Pennsylvania Wed, 08 Nov 2006 12:58 PM PST

Some students in our area are getting their education not in the traditional classroom but over the internet.

Western Pa. voters show local passion in ousting Santorum, Hartphillyburbs.com
Fri, 10 Nov 2006 1:11 PM PST

PITTSBURGH - The ballroom was decorated with red, white and blue balloons and posters of a smiling U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. But as his supporters waited anxiously for the results of his race with challenger Bob Casey on Tuesday night, the reality of what was to come started to settle in.

Something new this week, from eSchool News.

Study: Virtual-school enrollment explodes
Nov 7 FULL STORY

Enrollment in K-12 online courses in the United states has exploded in the past year, increasing by as much as 50 percent in some states, according to a new report from the North American Council for ...

Similarly, from the ASCD SmartBrief.

Report: Virtual school enrollment soars

Thirty-eight states now regulate or sponsor virtual learning programs, while enrollment in online K-12 courses has soared over the past year, finds a report released by the North American Council for Online Learning at its annual Virtual School Symposium. The group also released the results of a separate survey that provided snapshots of virtual learning programs in 30 different countries. eSchool News (free registration) (11/7)

Minnesota district gets a boost from virtual schools

Launching two online schools for students statewide four years ago has turned out to be an enrollment and funding boon for Houston, Minn., a small district that until that time had been slowly but steadily losing students. Superintendent Kim Ross says the initiative -- which has attracted about 850 virtual students, each accompanied by about $5,000 in state aid -- has shielded the district from the fiscal pressures most districts face. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul) (free registration) (11/9)

Next, the Google News Alert for virtual school.

Group behind Missouri’s virtual K-12 school launches website
News-Leader.com - Springfield,MO,USA

... start offering K-12 courses online, has launched a website and an outreach campaign to keep families informed of developments with Missouri’s virtual school. ...

And finally from the Google News Alert for cyber school.

Santorum, Casey race close; voters explain why
Standard Speaker - Hazleton,PA,USA

... The children were enrolled in a cyber school until a Democrat on the school board in Penn Hills objected because the school district paid the tuition at the ...

Cyber school support
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

Cyber school is public school. My child happens ... I am well aware not everyone should home-school or cyber-school their children. I don't ...

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