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Monday, June 18, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Beginning as always, with the Yahoo! Alerts for virtual school.


North Carolina's Virtual Public School Open For Classes
WNCT Greenville Mon, 11 Jun 2007 10:18 AM PDT

It's a wave of the future. The state's virtual public school opened for session this morning. More than 41-hundred high school and middle school students are taking online classes this summer.

N.C. students can take classes online
News 14 Carolina Mon, 11 Jun 2007 4:10 AM PDT

RALEIGH -- North Carolina will make education history as the state's first virtual public school goes online. Beginning Monday, students will be able to take classes over the Internet, but there are some stipulations.

Florida Virtual Academy exceeds FCAT state average scores
Hernando Today Tue, 12 Jun 2007 1:40 AM PDT

JACKSONVILLE ? The Florida Virtual Academy (FLVA), one of Florida?s two full-time K-8 online public school programs, exceeded the stage average in Florida?s Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores this year.

"Virtual School"
News Channel 12 New Bern Tue, 12 Jun 2007 2:37 PM PDT

Thousands of students can now take courses without leaving the comfort of their homes. The North Carolina "virtual" public school went online Monday, and it promises to change the way kids learn.

Public school board offers e-courses in 2008
myKawartha.com Thu, 14 Jun 2007 6:42 AM PDT

Virtual classrooms are coming to the local public school board. Students in the local public school board will have the chance to participate in web-based courses starting February 2008.

Ball State active in Indiana charter school development
Ball State Daily News Wed, 13 Jun 2007 11:39 PM PDT

Ball State University approved the opening of two charter schools and closed another, while two university-sponsored virtual charter schools seek alternative options after being denied funding by the Indiana General Assembly.

Bladen County Schools? budget calls for a ?virtual high school?
Bladen Journal Fri, 15 Jun 2007 6:27 AM PDT

Despite the reality of a tight budget year, Dr. Kenneth Dinkins told the Bladen County School Board Monday he still wants to implement a ?virtual high school? program for Bladen County students. This will allow students access to online classes that may not be available locally.

Irish lit, Mandarin to be offered via 'Virtual High School'
Harvard Hillside Fri, 15 Jun 2007 5:56 AM PDT

HARVARD -- A handful of students at The Bromfield School are planning to study Irish literature, Mandarin and advanced-placement (AP) history next year, thanks to the district's enrollment with Virtual High School.

Teachers not yet a reality for e-school
Columbian Missourian Thu, 14 Jun 2007 10:18 PM PDT

The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program is close to reaching its goal of enrolling 2,500 to 3,000 students. The new program, which will take children out of the traditional classroom and send them online to learn, starts in August.

Middle, high school students take online classes this summer
Salisbury Post Fri, 15 Jun 2007 10:26 PM PDT

RALEIGH ? While many students are out of school, the N.C. Virtual Public School is open for summer session. According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, 4,135 high school and middle school students are enrolled and taking high school level online classes this summer for the first time.

Online school has state scrambling for teachers
The Springfield News-Leader Sat, 16 Jun 2007 1:01 AM PDT

Columbia -- Two months before the start of classes, the state's new online school has yet to hire any teachers.

Two charter schools get contract extensions
The Appleton Post-Crescent Sat, 16 Jun 2007 2:24 AM PDT

APPLETON The Appleton Board of Education this week renewed the school districts contracts with the Tesla Engineering Charter School and Wisconsin Connections Academy.

A high school with more clicks than cliques
Los Angeles Times Sun, 17 Jun 2007 0:25 AM PDT

A Stanford University program offers gifted students an online education. They log on to class from all over the world. As an alpha nerd, Harper Robertson naturally thinks her high school is kickwump ? a word her class coined. She wouldn't be prouder if it had the top-ranked football team on planet Earth, which it most decidedly doesn't and never will.

Virtual school puts paints, pianos online
Columbian Missourian Sun, 17 Jun 2007 10:03 PM PDT

This fall, there may be a few less paint-splattered fingers, smiley-faced suns and lollipop trees.

Moving to the Yahoo! News Alert for cyber school.

Cyber school founder giving up some other school posts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fri, 15 Jun 2007 10:20 AM PDT

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Founder of cyber charter school in Beaver County quits posts
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Fri, 15 Jun 2007 9:17 PM PDT

The founder of Pennsylvania's largest cyber charter school is giving up two key positions of an educational conglomerate based in Midland.

Schools support cyber reform
The Evening Sun Sat, 16 Jun 2007 9:48 AM PDT

Bermudian Springs and South Western are joining other school districts following the Pennsylvania School Boards Association's recommendation to back newly introduced legislation attempting to reform cyber-charter schools.

Beaver's Trombetta giving up another school post
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fri, 15 Jun 2007 9:05 PM PDT

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Next the Google News Alert for virtual school.

Florida Virtual Academy exceeds FCAT state average scores
Hernando Today - Brooksville,FL,USA

By CARLY BLUSTEIN Hernando Today correspondent JACKSONVILLE -- The Florida Virtual Academy (FLVA), one of Florida's two full-time K-8 online public school ... [See all stories on this topic]

States Taking Action on Virtual Schools
Education Week News - Bethesda,MD,USA

Afterward, some virtual school advocates said they worried that the state might seek to overregulate virtual learning and discourage its expansion. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual record for Monroe school
Monroe Times - Monroe,WI,USA

For the Monroe virtual school principal, today's graduation ceremony in Wisconsin Dells is certainly reason to celebrate: the class of 2007 is the largest ... [See all stories on this topic]

NC students can take classes online
News 14 Carolina - Raleigh,NC,USA

The virtual school offers a wide range of courses, including accelerated classes as well as credit recovery courses, which are offered to students who ... [See all stories on this topic]

Finally, the Google News Alert for cyber school.

State cyber school debate unites school boards, teachers union
Washington Observer Reporter - Washington,PA,USA

That makes cyber school administrators uneasy. Pennsylvania has 11 cyber schools that enroll 17000 students. "If we have to fight against their heavy ... [See all stories on this topic]

Cyber charter school costs continue to rise
Sewickley Herald - PA

Still, Clapper says neither he nor the district is "anti-cyber school," but is merely opposed to the funding ar-rangement made by state legislators. ... [See all stories on this topic]

On Cyber School Reform, The Devil Is In The Details
Evening Bulletin - Philadelphia,PA,USA

This is not surprising, since enrollment in Pennsylvania's eleven cyber charter schools is growing at an astounding rate: Cyber charter school enrollment ... [See all stories on this topic]

Union cries foul on cyber report card
The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia

"He's utterly useless and really shouldn't be at the school," wrote one critic of a Melbourne teacher. "Students in his science class know the course better ... [See all stories on this topic]

Gerlach Lauds Cyber Charter School At Commencement
Evening Bulletin - Philadelphia,PA,USA

PALCS, a "cyber school" based in West Chester that educates children from K through 12 via computer, has become a refuge of learning for thousands of ... [See all stories on this topic]

Founder of cyber charter school in Beaver County quits posts
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

The founder of Pennsylvania's largest cyber charter school is giving up two key positions of an educational conglomerate based in Midland. ... [See all stories on this topic]


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