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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

Beginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Audit could slow Colorado cyberschools' growth
Rocky Mountain News (Denver) (12/11)

An audit due Monday on whether state tax money is being spent wisely on online education programs could curb the explosive growth of such programs in rural parts of the state. To the dismay of neighboring districts, small school districts in southeastern Colorado have used online schools over the past few years to exponentially boost pupil enrollments and their budgets.

Moving to the Google News Alert for virtual school.

Verdict due on online schools
Denver Post - Denver,CO,USA

... bias against online education," said Don Wilkinson, superintendent of the Monte Vista school district, which operates the state's oldest virtual school. ...

Virtual School For Missouri Students
MyFox Saint Louis - Saint Louis,MO,USA

... can get extra learning opportunities. If scheduling is a problem, students can take classes that aren't offered at their school.

Public-school classes go online
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA

... Florida -- Parents and students interested in learning about public-school classes offered online can get answers at the Florida Virtual School open house ...

Home-schoolers get help from technology
Richmond Times Dispatch - Richmond,VA,USA

... She received a notice from the Nelson County school system announcing an online virtual school called the Nelson Academy of Virtual Learning, available to any ...

Missouri moves toward virtual school
Kansas City Star - MO,USA

... LOUIS - Missouri will open a virtual school on the Internet next year with the promise of advanced instruction for bright students, makeup opportunities for ...

On to the Yahoo! News Alerts virtual school.

Audit looms over Vilas' Web school
Rocky Mountain News Mon, 11 Dec 2006 0:14 AM PST

An audit to be released today in Denver could stem the soaring growth of the online education programs that have bloomed here in the farmlands of southeastern Colorado, a virtual effort begun with the goal of keeping this tiny community and its single school alive.

Board makes virtual school committment
Baldwin City Signal Wed, 13 Dec 2006 10:05 PM PST

A contractual agreement on paper continues to move the Baldwin Board of Education one step closer to a partnership with Insight Schools.

Distance learning programs expand in South Sound
The Olympian Fri, 15 Dec 2006 4:09 AM PST

OLYMPIA - A new Olympia Regional Learning Academy has 56 students in its distance-learning programs since enrollment began last month and expects to double in size by the end of the 2006-07 school year.

On to the Google News Alert for cyber school.

Cyber school with a twist
Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia,PA,USA

... The arrangement makes her a cyber-blended student who takes courses on a computer but also at the cyber school's gifted education center, where she is taught ...

And finally from the Yahoo! News Alerts cyber school.

School report no surprise to some
Rocky Mountain News Tue, 12 Dec 2006 0:29 AM PST

The state auditor's report on Colorado's online schools and its news of low scores on standardized tests and higher dropout rates came as no surprise, said representatives of community groups that run learning centers associated with a co-op singled out for criticism.

Cyber School Founder Faces New Allegations
KDKA Pittsburgh Wed, 13 Dec 2006 6:19 PM PST

There are new allegations tonight against the founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. More than a dozen people, including administrators, board members, and teachers have been ordered to appear this week before a grand jury.

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