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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

uBeginning with the Yahoo! news alert for cyber school.

Cyber schools have test results behind most of their peers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sat, 10 Feb 2007 9:21 PM PST

Cyber schools rank among the lowest-performing charter schools in the state, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review analysis.

Moving to the Yahoo! news alert for virtual school.

Kansas Leads Charge in Virtual Schools, Missouri Close Behind
WIBW-TV Topeka Mon, 12 Feb 2007 11:12 AM PST

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ About nine years after Basehor-Linwood pioneered the virtual school idea, districts statewide opened three new programs this year.

NACOL Launches Needs Assessment Service for Virtual School Programs
SYS-CON Media Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:56 AM PST

The North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) announced the nationwide availability of a new service that assists virtual school administrators make strategic decisions about their programs. Known as SNAP (Schools and Students Needs Assessment Program), NACOL's service helps virtual school programs identify the types of courses and services that their constituents desire.

Las Virgenes school district embraces alternative forms of education
The Acorn Thu, 15 Feb 2007 8:33 AM PST

Part II of two parts Alternative education opportunities continue to grow in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, including homeschooling, independent study and long distance learning. There's even a "virtual school" that will allow students to mix and match classes online in order to meet their specific needs.

Upon further review, no Insight School
Baldwin City Signal Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:12 PM PST

Insight Schools and the Baldwin School District will no longer be partners in a statewide virtual school. After signing the contract last month, a discovery was made regarding the Kansas school funding law and the Insight Schools financial agreement.

Education proposal irks state board
The Salt Lake Tribune Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:55 PM PST

Would mandate establishment of statewide charter school. Next step: Goes to a House committee. A bill introduced Friday in the House would force state education officials to sidestep certain laws and rules to establish a statewide virtual charter school by fall. The State Board of Education met Friday to take a position on a number of new bills, including HB169 sponsored by Rep. ...

BOE sees demonstration of online language class
McPherson Sentinel Fri, 16 Feb 2007 1:46 PM PST

McPherson High School sophomore, Kathy House, demonstrated to Unified School District 418 Board of Education members how she uses Virtual Greenbush online to complete her study of French 3.

Next the Google news alert for cyber school.

Cyber schools have test results behind most of their peers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

"A cyber school is a very iffy enterprise at this point," said Pittsburgh schools Superintendent Mark Roosevelt. "I hope the state looks at those numbers ... [See all stories on this topic]

"Empire building in Midland"
Beaver County Times - Beaver County,PA,USA

My opinion is money is being funneled from school districts through the cyber school to fund this school. I feel if other school districts are supplying an ... [See all stories on this topic]

Districts face rising cyber school costs
Oil City Derrick - Oil City,PA,USA

The state reimburses school districts for some of their cyber school spending returning, on average, about 27 or 28 percent. They are not reimbursed for ... [See all stories on this topic]

Educators study idea of virtual school
The News Journal - Wilmington,DE,USA

Yet it also cited a 2001 study of Canadian cyber schools, saying, "students in virtual schools showed greater improvement than their conventional school ...school had a code of conduct to address cyber-bullying and 39% said their school didn't have a ...

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