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Friday, May 18, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Okay, I'll be back in Georgia for a couple of days starting Monday morning, so I'll try to get a real update out at that time.

Beginning with the Yahoo! News alert for virtual school.

Blunt promotes virtual school
Jefferson City News Tribune Sat, 12 May 2007 6:52 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.

Pa. cyber school debate unites school boards, teachers' union

Centre Daily Times Sat, 12 May 2007 9:40 AM PDT

The lobbying groups for Pennsylvania school boards and public school teachers don't often see eye-to-eye on education policy.

State drops virtual school funding
Mooresville/Decatur Times Mon, 14 May 2007 10:52 AM PDT

Barring a drastic change over the next few months, 1,500 Indiana students and their families will have to search for a new school. ?Last week they told us this,? said Laura Smith of Morgantown, who was planning to enroll her son, fourth-grader Keegan, in the Indiana Virtual Charter School.

Pa. cyber school debate unites school boards, teachers' unionphillyburbs.com
Sun, 13 May 2007 11:03 PM PDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The lobbying groups for Pennsylvania school boards and public school teachers don't often see eye-to-eye on education policy.

Homeschoolers urged to utilize virtual learning at Southern
Lisbon Morning Journal Tue, 15 May 2007 8:34 PM PDT

SALINEVILLE ? At Tuesday night?s board of education meeting Southern Local Superintendent James Herring expressed his desire to encourage Southern Local District children who participate in homeschooling to consider the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) sponsored by Jefferson Community College.

Governor signs virtual schools bill into law
FOX Carolina Thu, 17 May 2007 11:51 AM PDT

Associated Press - May 17, 2007 2:35 PM ET South Carolina students can take classes not offered at their school and earn graduation credits online under an expansion of the state's Virtual...

Governor signs S.C. Virtual Schools Program bill
Florence Morning News Thu, 17 May 2007 10:13 AM PDT

HARTSVILLE ? Students from S.C. Governor?s School for Science and Mathematics joined Gov. Mark Sanford on Thursday via Internet simulcast as he signed the South Carolina Virtual Schools Program bill.

Students excited about virtual school possibilities
Florence Morning News Thu, 17 May 2007 1:28 PM PDT

Some Pee Dee students are excited about the possibilities the future may hold with online courses.

6News video: Learning Outside the Lines: A look at virtual schools in the home-school world
Lawrence Journal-World Thu, 17 May 2007 4:19 AM PDT

For most people, home-schools and public schools are two very different things, but for at least one group of students, they're sort of meshed together.

Virtual school expansion, school schedule changes pass
Daily Journal Fri, 18 May 2007 11:12 AM PDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) ? Students in struggling districts would have the chance to join the new statewide virtual school under legislation sent to Gov. Matt Blunt on Thursday.

Sanford signs bill for virtual education
Florence Morning News Thu, 17 May 2007 8:13 PM PDT

HARTSVILLE ? Students from S.C. Governor?s School for Science and Mathematics joined Gov. Mark Sanford on Thursday via Internet simulcast as he signed the South Carolina Virtual Schools Program bill.

Vote postponed on online charter high school
Los Angeles Daily News Fri, 18 May 2007 0:12 AM PDT

LANCASTER - Met with opposition, mostly from teachers, the Antelope Valley Union High School District board postponed a vote on a proposed online charter school.

Next the Yahoo! News alert for cyber school.

Pa. cyber school debate unites school boards, teachers' union
WFMJ Youngstown Sat, 12 May 2007 9:54 AM PDT

The lobbying groups for Pennsylvania school boards and public school teachers don't often see eye-to-eye on education policy. But they agree on the need for the state to more strictly regulate cyber charter schools and take on the full burden of paying for them.

Pa. cyber school debate unites school boards, teachers' union

Centre Daily Times Sat, 12 May 2007 9:40 AM PDT

The lobbying groups for Pennsylvania school boards and public school teachers don't often see eye-to-eye on education policy.

Pa. cyber school debate unites school boards, teachers' unionphillyburbs.com
Sun, 13 May 2007 7:16 AM PDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The lobbying groups for Pennsylvania school boards and public school teachers don't often see eye-to-eye on education policy.

Pa. cyber school debate unites school boards, teachers' unionphillyburbs.com
Sun, 13 May 2007 11:03 PM PDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The lobbying groups for Pennsylvania school boards and public school teachers don't often see eye-to-eye on education policy.

Cyber school debate unites school boards and teachers unions

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sun, 13 May 2007 9:28 PM PDT

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Cyber education a solution to schooling woes
The Philadelphia Inquirer Tue, 15 May 2007 1:36 AM PDT

When my daughter developed bad allergies and asthma, my husband and I realized she needed to be educated at home. We just didn't feel comfortable sending her to a traditional school, where we would have to depend upon a nurse to administer her medication.

Charter schools raising doubts
The Express-Times Thu, 17 May 2007 9:17 PM PDT

FORKS TWP. Easton Area School Board is getting ready to back a proposed state law which would provide some local oversight to cyber and charter schools.

Moving to the Google News alert for virtual school.

Basehor family finds flexibility in home schooling
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA

The Basehor-Linwood Virtual School sent the Farrises a card in the mail inviting them to join the program, which caters to all students who cannot or choose ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual school, Internet offer resources to parents
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA

Fortunately, Case says, she found out about Lawrence Virtual School through a friend at her orthodox Christian church. Students there use a curriculum ... [See all stories on this topic]

Online classes make school work for some students
Yakima Herald-Republic - Yakima,WA,USA

Called Achieve Online, it has 102 students and is the newest offering from Christa McAuliffe Academy, a virtual school that has operated since 1985, ... [See all stories on this topic]

New Associate Director Named for Michigan Virtual School
Web Services Journal - Montvale,NJ,USA

... Scott Vashaw as Associate Director for the Michigan Virtual School (MVS), one of the largest virtual schools in the US Since its inception in 2000, ... [See all stories on this topic]

A 3D virtual online map of Glasgow has been launched modelling ...
BBC News - UK

The two-year project was commissioned by Glasgow City Council and led by the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Lawrence family helps change state activities policy
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA

At the time, Zachary Bachert was a junior at Lawrence Virtual School. The baritone saxophone player qualified first for District Band and later for the ... [See all stories on this topic]

Group's candidates' night goes to virtual format
The Journal News / Lohud.com - Westchester,NY,USA

She said people still needed information about school board candidates to make informed choices. "So we decided on a virtual public meeting on the school ... [See all stories on this topic]

More parents opt for home schooling
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA

Donna Thomasson enters a grade into the Lawrence Virtual School computer system as her son Luke looks on and holds his brother, 5-month-old Chip. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Tonganoxie family takes home schooling into second generation
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA

The Kouns family, which now lives in Tonganoxie, uses curriculum through Lawrence Virtual School, although Sarah Kouns said some home-schooling families ... [See all stories on this topic]

State drops virtual school funding
Reporter-Times - Martinsville,IN,USA

The Indiana Virtual Charter School is a tuition-free, public, virtual school that gives parents the curriculum, tools, and support they need to deliver a ... [See all stories on this topic]

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Pa. cyber school debate unites school boards, teachers' union
Penn Live - Harrisburg,PA,USA

School boards have long have questioned whether the current charter school funding formula reflects the true cost of educating cyber school students, ... [See all stories on this topic]

Cyber education a solution to schooling woes
Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia,PA,USA

Our daughter's school is Agora Cyber Charter School in Philadelphia. It uses a curriculum company, K12 Inc., based in Herndon, Va., that meets Pennsylvania ... [See all stories on this topic]

John Sabia
Pocono Record - Stroudsburg,PA,USA

They go to cyber school and all the proof we get is the bill. With home schooling, we get control. Sometimes, when these kids (in cyber school) come back, ... [See all stories on this topic]

Cyber school debate unites school boards and teachers unions
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

A bill that would require the state to fund cyber schools and limit the amount of tuition the schools can charge has the support of the Pennsylvania School ... [See all stories on this topic]

Linda Micklos
Pocono Record - Stroudsburg,PA,USA

Cyber school has no traditional boundaries (bricks and mortar). Changes in the family structure make this style of school more flexible. ... [See all stories on this topic]

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