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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Beginning with the Yahoo! News alert for virtual school.

Real schools, virtual classes Students in Wisconsin and nationwide are enrolling in cyber programs to bolster or ...
Chicago Tribune Sun, 08 Apr 2007 3:55 AM PDT

When Brandon Everts goes on the computer, he's often suited up -- virtually anyway -- as a sci-fi sharpshooter, ready to destroy aliens in the Halo video game.

Virtual reality: Online courses bring local schools into new era of instruction By Katy Moore, Staff Writer
The Carrollton Leader Sun, 08 Apr 2007 1:16 PM PDT

Tell-tale white cords trail from the ears of teenagers bent over their homework as they listen to iPods. Students settle behind laptop computers in the middle of math class.

Growing number of high school students take college courses online
The Sun Chronicle Sun, 08 Apr 2007 10:09 PM PDT

ATTLEBORO - When Yiwei Gu was a sixth-grader at Wamsutta Middle School, he wanted to take some advanced math courses the school did not offer.

Virtual reality: Online courses bring local schools into new era of instruction By Katy Moore, Staff Writer
The Carrollton Leader Mon, 09 Apr 2007 7:46 AM PDT

Tell-tale white cords trail from the ears of teenagers bent over their homework as they listen to iPods. Students settle behind laptop computers in the middle of math class.

Virtual School?s Charter OK?d
Southwest Times Record Tue, 10 Apr 2007 8:27 AM PDT

LITTLE ROCK ? Just days after Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation allowing virtual charter schools to receive state funding, the state Board of Education voted Monday to approve renewing the charter of the Arkansas Virtual Academy in Little Rock for five years.

SSC school in Dadar to go digital in three years
Indian Express via Yahoo! India News Mon, 09 Apr 2007 2:28 PM PDT

V N Sule Guruji School plans to start first phase in June Virtual classes, online examinations and computerised modules of education-VN Sule Guruji English Medium School, a state board school in Dadar, will soon go digital by incorporating these factors. The idea which germinated in March-April 2007 is in full swing now. Accordingly, we have introduced 100 computers to initiate the process of ...

Charter school a no-go for now in Texarkana
NWAnews.com Tue, 10 Apr 2007 5:47 AM PDT

The Arkansas Board of Education on Monday withdrew conditional approval of a Texarkana School District plan to operate a charter school in a local church after a frustrated district leader said he could not meet some unexpected state requirements in time to get final state board approval. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)

Texarkana district withdraws request for charter school
Pine Bluff Commercial Mon, 09 Apr 2007 3:49 PM PDT

LITTLE ROCK - The Texarkana School District withdrew its proposal to sponsor a charter school in partnership with a church, but said it will try again next year for the arrangement.

Kaplan buys virtual high
schoolbizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 11 Apr 2007 11:41 AM PDT

Kaplan, the education unit of the Washington Post Co., has bought Sagemont Virtual, a Florida-based online high school company.

Kaplan Acquires Online High School and Sister Company, Virtual Sage
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 11 Apr 2007 5:00 AM PDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.----Kaplan Inc., a global education leader, today announced the acquisition of Sagemont Virtual, which has been doing business as the University of Miami Online High School , and Virtual Sage, a developer of online high school courses.

Rah rah rah for old Virtual High! Kaplan buys online high school
Ars Technica Wed, 11 Apr 2007 1:15 PM PDT

Kaplan has just announced the purchase of a Florida-based online high school that caters mostly to tennis players and other athletes, giving the company an online school that can serve anyone from 8th graders to graduate students. Read More...

Education Board Approves Renewing Virtual School's Charter
The Morning News Wed, 11 Apr 2007 2:07 AM PDT

LITTLE ROCK -- Just days after Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation allowing virtual charter schools to receive state funding, the state Board of Education voted Monday to renew the charter of the Arkansas Virtual Academy in Little Rock for five years.

Kaplan acquires UM's online high school
Miami Herald Wed, 11 Apr 2007 5:34 AM PDT

Fort Lauderdale-based Kaplan said Wednesday it has acquired Sagemont Virtual, which has been doing business as the University of Miami Online High School (UMOHS), and Virtual Sage, a developer of online high school courses. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Education Board Approves Renewing Virtual School's Charter
The Morning News Thu, 12 Apr 2007 2:11 AM PDT

LITTLE ROCK -- Just days after Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation allowing virtual charter schools to receive state funding, the state Board of Education voted Monday to renew the charter of the Arkansas Virtual Academy in Little Rock for five years.

Online, Is Our Children Learning?
Daily Northwestern Thu, 12 Apr 2007 1:34 AM PDT

In the latest outpouring from our technology-enslaved culture, growing numbers of middle and high school students are trading traditional classrooms for Internet-based "cyber schools." Instead of engaging in healthy scholastic social interaction like adolescents have for generations, they learn English and Algebra II by staring at computer screens.

Education Board Approves Renewing Virtual School's Charter
The Morning News Fri, 13 Apr 2007 2:08 AM PDT

LITTLE ROCK -- Just days after Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation allowing virtual charter schools to receive state funding, the state Board of Education voted Monday to renew the charter of the Arkansas Virtual Academy in Little Rock for five years.

Charter school wins board approval
The Pratt Tribune Fri, 13 Apr 2007 11:59 AM PDT

The Kansas State Board of Education gave approval on April 10 to a charter school for Pratt USD 382 and awarded a grant in the amount of $60,000 for planning and first year funding of $150,000.

Moving to the Yahoo! News alert for cyber school.

Real schools, virtual classes Students in Wisconsin and nationwide are enrolling in cyber programs to bolster or ...
Chicago Tribune Sun, 08 Apr 2007 3:55 AM PDT

When Brandon Everts goes on the computer, he's often suited up -- virtually anyway -- as a sci-fi sharpshooter, ready to destroy aliens in the Halo video game.

Ohio cyber school wins over critics
The Plain Dealer Tue, 10 Apr 2007 1:45 AM PDT

UPDATED: 04 :45 a.m. EDT, April 10, 2007 Taking advantage of a soft ride, Ramon Diaz (left) and Richie Capelas hold Cleveland Indians luggage in place during its trip from locker room to moving truck Monday, April 09, 2007 at Jacob's Field in Cleveland.

Online, Is Our Children Learning?
Daily Northwestern Thu, 12 Apr 2007 1:34 AM PDT

In the latest outpouring from our technology-enslaved culture, growing numbers of middle and high school students are trading traditional classrooms for Internet-based "cyber schools." Instead of engaging in healthy scholastic social interaction like adolescents have for generations, they learn English and Algebra II by staring at computer screens.

Next, the Google News alert for virtual school.

Texarkana district withdraws request for charter school
Pine Bluff Commercial - Pine Bluff,AR,USA

The Board rejected a move to limit the school's charter to two years, in case the Legislature deletes language allowing funding for the virtual school. ... [See all stories on this topic]

State schools get 'C' for technology
Knoxville News Sentinel (subscription) - Knoxville,TN,USA

Woods pointed out that Tennessee earned points for its virtual school, and a pilot program is being developed by Hamilton County educators. ... [See all stories on this topic]

MOVIP seeks to be wave of educational future
Fulton Sun - Fulton,MO,USA

“People often say to me, ‘wow ... how new this is,' but 24 other states already have a virtual school program,” said Fuchs. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Real schools, virtual classes
Chicago Tribune - Chicago,IL,USA

A television commercial for the Monroe Virtual High School based in Monroe, Wis., prompted his mother to call for information, and they signed up for the ... [See all stories on this topic]

SSC school in Dadar to go digital in three years
Mumbai Newsline - Mumbai,India

Mumbai, April 9: Virtual classes, online examinations and computerised modules of education—VN Sule Guruji English Medium School, a state board school in ... [See all stories on this topic]

South Carolina lawmakers to debate plans for virtual school
Anderson Independent Mail (subscription) - Anderson,SC,USA

Instructors of virtual school classes must hold a valid teaching certificate in each content area being taught or must receive special approval from the ... [See all stories on this topic]

U of I opening doors to virtual classroom
Bloomington Pantagraph - Bloomington,IL,USA

Like its bricks and mortar counterparts in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign, officials hope the online school will serve as an educational hub, ... [See all stories on this topic]

Finally the Google News alert for cyber school.

IU plans Cyber Infrastructure Facility
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - Louisville,KY,USA

School trustees approved design plans for the 172000-square-foot Cyber Infrastructure Facility on Friday, putting construction on fast track for the next ... [See all stories on this topic]

Cyber charter bill offers radical changes
Oil City Derrick - Oil City,PA,USA

Those writing the original legislation “didn’t realize there would be an explosion” in cyber school enrollment, she said, an increase that has had large and ... [See all stories on this topic]

Technology Helps Sick Students Stay In Classroom
NBC4.TV - Los Angeles,CA,USA

Laub is now in remission and has returned to school. Recently, he presented his project at the school's Cyber Fair. Not surprisingly, he showed off the ... [See all stories on this topic]

Notebook: WPIAL gets Hall of Fame; Blair eligible to play at Pitt
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

Nicholas Trombetta is the chief executive officer of Lincoln Park and also runs the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. However, only those who physically ... [See all stories on this topic]

Decline in pupils in home schools in the Valley contradicts
Youngstown Vindicator - Youngstown,OH,USA

Families find the cyber school offerings attractive because their children usually get a free computer, can earn a regular high school diploma, ... [See all stories on this topic]

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