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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Beginning with the Yahoo! news alert for cyber school.

Frazier not to participate
Herald Standard Fri, 02 Mar 2007 9:18 PM PST

PERRYOPOLIS - The Frazier School District will not participate in a cyber services pilot program being implemented next year by Intermediate Unit 1, but supported the goal to bring students back into their respective Fayette County school districts.

Rift hits new heights
The Beaver County Times Fri, 02 Mar 2007 6:31 PM PST

BEAVER - An ongoing legal battle between the Midland cyberschool and its former management company hit new heights this week when the company filed another suit, claiming the school has been using and selling company-owned online courses worth millions of dollars.

Moving on to the Yahoo! news alert for virtual school.

Virtual schools bill hits unexpected snag
The State Mon, 05 Mar 2007 4:01 AM PST

The first major education initiative expected to pass the General Assembly this session has encountered unexpected controversy. A bill that would pave the way for statewide virtual schools — in which students stay home and learn online — has hit a snag among lawmakers who want to provide greater opportunities for private- and home-schooled students.

The State Sun, 04 Mar 2007 9:31 PM PST

Virtual courses allow students to log in anytime, from anywhere. They include online textbooks, video demonstrations, exercises, homework assignments and exams. Teachers correspond with students via e-mail, live chat, video conference or telephone. Major exams often are proctored by approved adults. Proponents say virtual schools:

Public Virtual School An Option for Students
WISH-TV Indianapolis Tue, 06 Mar 2007 12:54 PM PST

INDIANAPOLIS - Parents have a new option when it comes to choosing a school for their children, a new public virtual school. Tuesday morning at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis board members, teachers

Indiana Virtual Charter School Announces Statewide Outreach to Hoosier Families With Over 200 Events
U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News Tue, 06 Mar 2007 12:30 PM PST

Beginning next week, the Indiana Virtual Charter School (INVCS) will conduct a massive statewide outreach effort to families interested in enrolling in the state's new public virtual school.

Parents can get information about virtual charter school
The Star Press Tue, 06 Mar 2007 0:31 AM PST

MUNCIE -- The Indiana Connections Academy (INCA) will have an information session for parents who want to learn more about the new, tuition-free, full-time, virtual public charter school for students in grades K-11. Students will be able to enroll in the spring for the 2007-2008 school year.

Local students sign up for virtual school
Post-Tribune Tue, 06 Mar 2007 2:07 AM PST

Amy Haaland, of Merrillville, describes her son as a bright boy, so skilled he's bored in school. James Haaland-Johnson, 13, wants flexibility and an environment open to his whims.

Virtual charter schools celebrated and targeted
The Indianapolis Star Wed, 07 Mar 2007 6:57 AM PST

The head of Indiana's first virtual charter school celebrated what he called its "birthday" Tuesday with parents and supporters during a launch at The Children's Museum.

Online charter school gives parents new option
WTHR Indianapolis Tue, 06 Mar 2007 3:24 PM PST

One of Indiana's newest schools doesn't have a campus. There's no classroom, basketball court or even a principal's office. The Indiana Virtual Charter School exists only on the internet and in the homes and minds of its students. It is the first all-internet school in the state.

School's out — in cyberspace
The Indianapolis Star Tue, 06 Mar 2007 1:56 PM PST

Online 'virtual' charter schools almost ready to open; teachers union says law doesn't allow them.

Twenty open enrollment requests came from students at Midway School
The Rhinelander Daily News Wed, 07 Mar 2007 12:16 PM PST

Of the 47 students who request open enrollment into the School District of Rhinelander, more than 20 are students who are currently enrolled at the Midway School in Gleason which will close at the end of this school year.

Parents discuss ‘virtual charter’
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Thu, 08 Mar 2007 4:47 AM PST

Public school or private school? Charter school or magnet school? What about home schooling? As if Indiana parents didn’t have enough to think about when it comes to their children’s education, add one more option to the list: a virtual charter school.

Online charter school hoping legislators log back on
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Thu, 08 Mar 2007 3:00 AM PST

Officials with one of Indiana’s first online-based charter schools say they are optimistic the General Assembly will not pass a budget that deems it illegal for their school to operate.

More districts offering desks in virtual classrooms
Dallas Morning News Thu, 08 Mar 2007 0:58 AM PST

The latest trend in schools lets kids wear whatever and attend classes whenever.

Online schooling experiences virtual enrollment explosion
Detroit News Wed, 07 Mar 2007 10:53 PM PST

After Ben Hathaway's father was called to active duty in the Army National Guard, the 15-year-old had to help his family tend the 130 head of cattle on their 345-acre farm in Leoma, Tenn.

Panel: Bolster online schools
Denver Post Fri, 09 Mar 2007 0:23 AM PST

Colorado should boost spending for virtual-school students and encourage districts to serve more kids online, a state Board of Education task force recommended Thursday.

Study Find Flaws in Virtual Academy Programs
FOX 12 Idaho Thu, 08 Mar 2007 8:47 PM PST

Boise, Idaho-- Learning on-line instead of at traditional elementary and high schools has become so popular Idaho legislators are concerned. Thousands of Idaho kids now learn on-line with computers, books and some help from their parents.

Scholarships Offered to Every Michigan Public and Private High School for Online Chinese Course
U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News Fri, 09 Mar 2007 1:31 PM PST

The Confucius Institute at Michigan State University and Michigan Virtual School (MVS) are pleased to announce that they are offering a free semester of online instruction of Mandarin Chinese to one student from every public and private high school in the state. The courses will be offered in spring and fall semesters of 2007 and 2008.

Moving on to the Google News Alert for cyber school.

Frazier not to participate
Uniontown Herald Standard - Uniontown,PA,USA

Tom Shetterly, business manager, said Frazier spends about $139000 per year for cyber school tuition, amounting to $7100 per student, while only being ... [See all stories on this topic]

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