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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Note that the spacing in Blogger has been sketchy lately, so apologies if this continues in this and future entries.

Beginning with the Yahoo! News Alerts virual school.

Florida Virtual Academy Posts High Scores on 2007 State Tests
U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News Wed, 06 Jun 2007 12:01 PM PDT

Students at the Florida Virtual Academy (FLVA) -- one of the state's two full-time K-8 online public school programs -- posted strong scores on the 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT).

Virtual schools try new concepts
Post-Tribune Wed, 06 Jun 2007 2:16 AM PDT

Financially snubbed by the Indiana General Assembly, the state's first two virtual charter schools have reinvented themselves and are dashing to package plans for a fall debut.

Florida Virtual Academy Posts High Scores on 2007 State Tests
SYS-CON Media Wed, 06 Jun 2007 4:03 PM PDT

posted strong scores on the 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT).

Experience high school -- virtually
Contra Costa Times Fri, 08 Jun 2007 6:59 AM PDT

ON MY first day at school, I suffered through every teenagers' worst nightmare -- I went to class in my underwear. It was an embarrassing predicament and an unfortunate blow to my social life.

Eduserv to fund research into eLearning in new Virtual Worlds
PublicTechnology.net Fri, 08 Jun 2007 0:04 AM PDT

Eduserv the not-for-profit IT services group, has announced that its Foundation has awarded grants totalling ?333,000 to fund four research projects, each of which involve investigations into the use of virtual worlds in learning and education.

Pasco teen graduates from virtual high school (w/slideshow)
Tri-City Herald Sun, 10 Jun 2007 9:09 AM PDT

Amanda Conn's high school has dream catchers and a set of moose antlers bagged by her dad.

Online education
KRCG Jefferson City Sat, 09 Jun 2007 6:32 PM PDT

Nearly 1,700 students have registered for Missouri's Virtual Instruction Program this fall.

Next the Yahoo! News Alerts cyber school.

Bonnell takes cyber school fight to state
The East Liverpool Review Wed, 06 Jun 2007 9:14 PM PDT

COLUMBUS ? East Liverpool City School board member Gary Bonnell testified before the Ohio Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee Wednesday regarding cyber schools and what he terms ?educational prostitution.?

Cyber charter school costs continue to rise
Sewickley Herald Thu, 07 Jun 2007 11:55 AM PDT

Quaker Valley School Dis-trict will top the $1 million mark next year for money paid to cyber charter schools since the 2001-02 school year, according to figures announced by Dr. Joseph Clapper, superintendent.

Moving on to the Google News Alert for virtual school.

District to offer more online courses
Boca Raton News - Boca Raton,FL,USA

The board purchased the $120000 Florida Virtual School franchise that will provide more on-line courses. The license is effective for the 2007-2008 school ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual school slow to catch on
Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia,MO,USA

He thinks some parents might be unaware of the virtual school program or still have questions about how it's going to work. Others might be waiting until ... [See all stories on this topic]

First Round Enrollment in Virtual School Closes
Missourinet.com - Jefferson City,MO,USA

About 17-hundred students are the first enrollees in Missouri's virtual school program. Education department officials are pleased they have not had to turn ... [See all stories on this topic]

SAU 16 launches virtual charter school
Portsmouth Herald News - Portsmouth,NH,USA

The curriculum comes from Florida Virtual School based on national curriculum standards. The perpetual licenses the school plans to obtain for the ... [See all stories on this topic]

K12 Inc. to Provide Curriculum and School Services to the ...
Web Services Journal - Montvale,NJ,USA

"Monroe has a long-standing tradition of being a 'broker' of educational services, and we believe the Washington Virtual Academies high school will be an ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual school can be helpful
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle - Clarksville,TN,USA

The local school system's Virtual High School shows how creative programs can assist in students in obtaining that all-important high school diploma. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Missouri Virtual School Enrollment Extended
MyFox Kansas City - Kansas City,MO,USA

The enrollment period for Missouri's virtual school originally ran from May seventh through the 29th. But the state received fewer applications than ... [See all stories on this topic]

State reopens enrollment for virtual school's fall classes
Southeast Missourian - Cape Girardeau,MO,USA

Twenty Cape Girardeau County students have enrolled in online classes that will be offered by the state's new virtual school starting this fall. ... [See all stories on this topic]

District 544's Virtual School met expections in its first year of ...
Fergus Falls Daily Journal - Fergus Falls,MN,USA

The Virtual School of Minnesota is an online school for students in grades two through 12. At peak times during the 2006-2007 school year, the Fergus Falls ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual school's fees are legal
FayObserver.com - Fayetteville NC,USA

Q: Why will nonpublic school students have to pay to take classes through the North Carolina Virtual Public School, which is funded by taxpayers? ... [See all stories on this topic]

Finally, the Google News Alert for cyber school.

Cyber charter schools need to justify funding
Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA

The bill's method of accomplishing this, limiting the per-student funding each cyber school can receive, based on its enrollment, may not be the right way ... [See all stories on this topic]

Cyber schools excellent choice
Republican & Herald - Pottsville,PA,USA

We all pay taxes to our school districts; with our money, not the school districts', and if we choose to teach our child at home through a cyber school, ... [See all stories on this topic]

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