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Friday, May 11, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

I'm back in Newfoundland for the next ten days, so I'm not sure how active I'll be for the next week or so after today's entry.

Beginning with the Yahoo! News alert for virtual school.

Virtual school for banned pupils
BBC News Mon, 07 May 2007 7:27 AM PDT

A virtual classroom goes live on the internet to help pupils excluded from school carry on with their studies.

Registration begins for online school
Columbian Missourian Sun, 06 May 2007 9:33 PM PDT

The state-run digital school is free for the first 4,000 students. Students can register today for a state-funded seat in Missouri?s new virtual school, which opens in August.

State will not fund virtual schools
Louisville Courier-Journal Mon, 07 May 2007 3:09 AM PDT

INDIANAPOLIS -- Pamela Bless thought she had found an exciting education alternative when she enrolled her three children in an online charter school slated to open this fall.

Virtual schools lose funding
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Mon, 07 May 2007 5:25 AM PDT

INDIANAPOLIS ? Pamela Bless thought she had found an exciting education answer when she enrolled her three children in a new online charter school slated to open this fall.

Registration opens for virtual school
Jefferson City News Tribune Tue, 08 May 2007 5:51 AM PDT

Registration opened Monday for students who want to enroll in a state-funded online school this fall. The state's virtual school program is expected to cover a few thousand students, with some taking a full load of classes and others only one or two courses.

Registration opens for Mo. virtual school
Southeast Missourian Mon, 07 May 2007 2:02 PM PDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Registration opened Monday for students who want to enroll in a state-funded online school this fall. The state's virtual school program is expected to cover a few...

Missouri virtual schools begin enrollment
Heartland News Tue, 08 May 2007 3:36 AM PDT

Is a virtual classroom a good fit for your child? In Missouri students can no apply to take part in state funded online schools opening this fall.

New Associate Director Named for Michigan Virtual School
SYS-CON Media Thu, 10 May 2007 12:47 PM PDT

Michigan Virtual University (MVU) appointed Scott Vashaw as Associate Director for the Michigan Virtual School (MVS), one of the largest virtual schools in the U.S. Since its inception in 2000, the MVS has recorded over 27,000 course enrollments and served more than 150,000 students with an online ACT, SAT, PSAT or State Assessment review tools.

District expands virtual learning
Douglas County News Press Thu, 10 May 2007 9:19 AM PDT

Although distance learning has been an educational option for students since before the emergence of the Internet, the growth, popularity and ease of accessibility to the World Wide Web has accelerated virtual learning around the world.

Blunt promotes virtual school
Jefferson City News Tribune Fri, 11 May 2007 5:38 AM PDT

With the three-week open registration period only two days old, Gov. Matt Blunt on Wednesday promoted the state's new virtual school program at a Capitol news conference.

Hundreds sign up for new Missour Virtual school
KY3 Springfield Fri, 11 May 2007 9:41 AM PDT

High school senior Matt Eason is among those who hope to get a diploma without attending classes.

Moving to the Yahoo! News alert for cyber school.

New cyberschool bill
Lancaster Online Mon, 07 May 2007 5:02 AM PDT

A battle is brewing over legislation that would drastically change the way cybercharter schools operate and slash their tuition rates by nearly half.School districts that for years have complained about the cost of tuition and inflated budgets of cyberschools applaud the legislation, while...

PA Families Supporting Public Cyber Schools Descend on Harrisburg for First- Ever Capitol Day
SYS-CON Media Tue, 08 May 2007 4:33 PM PDT

The Pennsylvania Families for Public Cyber Schools (PA Families) today held its first-ever Capital Day on the Hill to thank state lawmakers for their support of public schools that educate 17,000 students across the state.

Next the Google News alert for virtual school.

Missouri's virtual school expected to be a dig draw
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - St. Louis,MO,USA

The director of Missouri's first virtual school on the Internet is expecting a rush of applications when online registration for the program starts Monday. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Angry virtual charter school advocates scramble for funding ...
Gary Post Tribune - Gary,IN,USA

Virtual school advocates had held talks with legislators to persuade them that Indiana needed the home-based, computer-anchored learning model. ... [See all stories on this topic]

School Trial a Success
Emporia Gazette (subscription) - Emporia,KS,USA

Jennifer Miller, virtual school contact and fine arts teacher, and Ginger Lewman, on-site coordinator, have planned open houses for potential students and ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual school about to start online classes
Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia,MO,USA

"One of the drawbacks" of the virtual school, Woodruff said, "is that parents are not going to have that same ownership. They’re going to let someone else ...[See all stories on this topic]

Virtual schools lose funding
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne,IN,USA

Ball State University had proposed opening the Indiana Virtual Charter School and Indiana Connections Academy this fall with a total of about 2200 students. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Auditors call for better oversight of virtual schools
Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City,KS,USA

The Mullinville school district's practice of sharing students in its virtual school with other districts has prompted state auditors to recommend stronger ... [See all stories on this topic]

Electronic courses ready to go online
Rocky Mount Telegram - Rocky Mount,NC,USA

The state's Virtual Public School goes online this summer with its first offering of courses, and local administrators are eagerly signing up students.

Northwest joins state’s virtual school class program
Maryville Daily Forum - Maryville,MO,USA

Northwest is playing a key role in efforts to offer virtual classes this fall to thousands of high school students through the Missouri Virtual Education ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual school registration begins Monday
Southeast Missourian - Cape Girardeau,MO,USA

State education officials will start accepting applications Monday at 8 am for Missouri's new virtual school, offering online elementary and high school ... [See all stories on this topic]

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

New cyberschool bill
Lancaster Newspapers - Lancaster,PA,USA

They've sent 2000 letters to legislators opposing HB 446, and hundreds of parents and students plan to participate in a "Cyber Day" protest Tuesday in the ... [See all stories on this topic]

Cyber-charter schools scrutinized
News of Delaware County - Havertown,PA,USA

The school board was especially frustrated that the cyber-school operators, who may be paying far less to provide the services then they take in, ... [See all stories on this topic]

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