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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Beginning this time with the Yahoo! News Alert for cyber school.

Virtual classes come to Rye Neck schools
The Journal News Sun, 28 Jan 2007 2:59 AM PST

MAMARONECK - A dark classroom. A disembodied voice. Complex calculus problems that appear to solve themselves on a luminous projection screen on the wall.

Home-school funding gets axed this summer
Stars and Stripes Sat, 27 Jan 2007 4:42 PM PST

Government funding for a home-schooling program that serves about 400 students — most of them in the Pacific region overseas — will end this summer, the Department of Defense Education Activity announced last week.

Put students first
The Beaver County Times Sun, 28 Jan 2007 0:02 AM PST

As a resident of Midland, I have read the numerous allegations and accusations against Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School with much dismay. As a parent, I read these allegations with disbelief.

Western Pa. charter school center of convoluted legal battlephillyburbs.com
Sun, 28 Jan 2007 9:10 PM PST

BEAVER, Pa. - Twenty-one years ago, the small, economically ailing borough of Midland was forced to close its high school, which ultimately led to students being educated across the border in Ohio.

Measure A oversight panel to meet on Monday
Marin Independent Journal Wed, 31 Jan 2007 1:45 AM PST

The Reed Union School District's Measure A Citizens' Oversight Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss pro ject and program updates. The meeting will be held at the Del Mar Middle School Cyber Lounge at 105 Avenida Miraflores.

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

Lack of funding confronts Gillette virtual school
Billings Gazette Sun, 28 Jan 2007 3:36 PM PST

GILLETTE - The House has unanimously passed a school finance bill that would establish a task force to study virtual schools, a proposal less than what was hoped for by backers of a virtual school here. The Campbell County School District has been ope ...

Lack of funding confronts Gillette virtual school

Billings Gazette Sun, 28 Jan 2007 3:27 PM PST

GILLETTE - The House has unanimously passed a school finance bill that would establish a task force to study virtual schools, a proposal less than what was hoped for by backers of a virtual school here.

Virtual school proposal already has families signing up students
Gazette Extra Sports Tue, 30 Jan 2007 9:34 AM PST

A new study-at-home high school based in Janesville still is being developed, but parents already are registering their kids. The Janesville School District held a public information meeting Monday night for its Janesville Virtual Academy. About 16 families attended.

Michigan Virtual High School Provides Online Test Preparation Tools for the Michigan Merit Exam

SYS-CON Media Mon, 29 Jan 2007 5:29 PM PST

Michigan Virtual High School, a division of Michigan Virtual University (MVU), and Bridges Transitions Co., a Xap Corporation company, have signed an agreement to provide online test preparation tools for portions of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) to all high school students in the state. The tools include testGEAR for the ACT(R) College Entrance Exam and testGEAR online instructional curricula ...

Michigan Virtual High School Provides Online Test Preparation Tools for the Michigan Merit Exam
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 29 Jan 2007 1:25 PM PST

Michigan Virtual High School, a division of Michigan Virtual University , and Bridges Transitions Co., a Xap Corporation company, have signed an agreement to provide online test preparation tools for portions of the Michigan Merit Exam to all high school students in the state.

Online public school opens virtual doors
Fond du Lac Reporter Tue, 30 Jan 2007 2:30 AM PST

Wisconsins high school students and their parents have a new choice in online learning to consider during Wisconsins open enrollment period, Feb. 5 to 23.

Virtual Academy's bee a real battle
Coeur d'Alene Press Tue, 30 Jan 2007 2:15 AM PST

COEUR d'ALENE -- Eighteen students competed in the Idaho Virtual Academy's first spelling bee Monday, and it was a spirited fight for first at all grade levels.

Virtual school tour a learning experience
The Ottawa Sun Wed, 31 Jan 2007 0:59 AM PST

Wed, January 31, 2007 Virtual school tour a learning experience By SUN STAFF Military families transferring to Petawawa will be able to tour their child's school online through a new program launched by the Conseil des ecoles catholiques de langue francaise du Centre-Est. The French-language board broke new ground yesterday when it unveiled its virtual tour of Centre scolaire catholique ...

New Online High School Opens Its Virtual Doors Statewide for 2007-08 School Year
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 31 Jan 2007 12:16 PM PST

The Insight School of Wisconsin was launched today at an event that featured a wide array of voices -- from parents and teachers, to Insight's CEO and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Committee OKs bill expanding virtual courses
The Times and Democrat Tue, 30 Jan 2007 9:52 PM PST

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A bill allowing all high school students to earn half their class credit through virtual courses is heading to the House floor after approval from a House committee Tuesday.

'State's original K-8 virtual school' recruiting students in Monroe
Monroe Times Tue, 30 Jan 2007 3:06 PM PST

MONROE -- The second semester has only just begun, but families interested in enrolling their children in a school outside their home district have a brief window in which to do so.

County looks into virtual classrooms
The Herald-Sun Tue, 30 Jan 2007 9:50 PM PST

County schools officials are considering a plan that would allow students in one of the two district high schools to take a class in the other high school without ever leaving their desks.

Virtual schools take slice of open enrollment pie
The Tomah Journal Thu, 01 Feb 2007 12:19 PM PST

Virtual schools are suddenly a big player in open enrollment. When the open enrollment period for Wisconsin public school students opens Monday, half the students could be leaving Tomah for Internet-based education.

New Online High School Opens Its Virtual Doors Statewide for 2007-08 School Year
SYS-CON Media Wed, 31 Jan 2007 4:12 PM PST

from parents and teachers, to Insight's CEO and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Insight School of Wisconsin is raising the bar for online education, combining technology tools with a unique 'iMentoring' program, face-to-face meeting places and dual-credit classes with the University of Phoenix.

'Virtual' courses rile teachers union
The Capital Times Sat, 03 Feb 2007 6:50 AM PST

The prospect of a virtual school program in Madison is causing a confrontation in the real world between the Madison school district and John Matthews, executive director of Madison Teachers Inc., the teachers' union.

Virtual classes find place in local schools
Florence Morning News Fri, 02 Feb 2007 9:11 PM PST

It’s hard to imagine anything other than a traditional classroom where there is a teacher helping students learn. Technological advancements, however, are changing the ways students in public schools earn credits.

Online Classes: Opening a Door to Primary Education
E-Commerce Times Sat, 03 Feb 2007 5:01 AM PST

The idea of students entering a virtual classroom and holding electronic rather than face-to-face meetings has become quite accepted at the collegiate level. The model is now making its way into the K-12 market, mainly as a supplemental educational option. Thirty-eight states support this education model in some form.

Ball State OKs charter for Imagine Academy
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Sat, 03 Feb 2007 0:07 AM PST

A new charter school will open in Fort Wayne this fall. Ball State University on Friday approved Imagine Schools’ proposal to open Imagine Master Academy at the former YWCA campus on Wells Street.

Next, on to Google News Alert for cyber school.

Western Pa. charter school center of convoluted legal battle
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - Wilkes Barre,PA,USA

In 2005, the state ruled that a cyber school couldn't buy "bricks and mortar" classroom services, so the students were enrolled in Lincoln Park, ... [See all stories on this topic]

Bald Eagle District to Open Cyber School
State College News - State College,PA,USA

Students who attend the cyber school will receive a Bald Eagle diploma instead of just a certificate of completion. Opening their own cyber school could ...

School boards aim to avoid referendums
Centre Daily Times - Centre County,PA,USA

Teacher salaries and benefits, including health care, and student tuition to charter and cyber schools are skyrocketing. The salaries and benefits of State ...

No comparison
Beaver County Times - Beaver County,PA,USA

In Sunday's article on charter schools, including cyber charter schools, Nick Trombetta said his cyber-school educates 6000 students on a $50 million budget ...

Finally, the Google News Alert for virtual school.

Virtual school expansion receives subcommittee approval
WHNS - USA

It would expand the state Education Department's virtual school pilot program. Suzette Lee with the Education Department says if the bill is passed it would ...

Virtual school expansion receives subcommittee approval
The Times and Democrat - Orangeburg,SC,USA

The proposal, heading to the House Education and Public Works Committee, would expand the state Education Department's virtual school pilot program. ...

Virtual classroom means pupils don't miss out on school
eGov monitor - London,UK

Schoolchildren in West Sussex who can't attend school don't have to miss out on live lessons thanks to the help of a 'virtual classroom' set up by the Out ...

'Virtual' physics centre in the Midlands
Scenta.co.uk - London,England,UK

This 'virtual' school between the three institutions will have an emphasis on teaching using the Access Grid Technology (video conferencing), with physical ...

Michigan Virtual High School Provides Online Test Preparation ...
Yahoo! News (press release) - USA

"We are pleased to be working with Michigan Virtual High School in making a difference in students' lives, by offering an engaging learning environment from ... [See all stories on this topic]

Lack of funding confronts Gillette virtual school
Billings Gazette - Billings,MT,USA

While Brown would like to see state funding for the virtual school, he said he also understood legislators' concerns. "It's such a broad topic and you can ...

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