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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

As always, beginning with the Yahoo! News Alert for virtual school.

Okaloosa school officials question economics of online classes
Northwest Florida Daily News Mon, 18 Jun 2007 4:30 PM PDT

Though many school district officials tout Okaloosa County?s online school as ?the wave of the future,? others are worried about the program?s financial implications.

High school has more clicks than cliques
Ashland Daily Tidings Wed, 20 Jun 2007 1:20 PM PDT

As an alpha nerd, Harper Robinson 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.

Roanoke County students get ahead with on-line summer school
WDBJ 7 Roanoke Wed, 20 Jun 2007 3:00 AM PDT

An extremely hot classroom is what most people picture when they think summer school. But some students in Roanoke County are taking classes from the beach.

Ohio Virtual Academy Awarded National Accreditation
SYS-CON Media Thu, 21 Jun 2007 9:02 AM PDT

The Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), the state's top-performing statewide eSchool, was recently awarded accreditation by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).

Emerson Park School selects hosted software to deliver virtual learning
PublicTechnology.net Fri, 22 Jun 2007 0:04 AM PDT

Extrasys has announced a deal with Emerson Park comprehensive secondary school in Romford, Essex, to provide the school?s pioneering virtual learning environment.

Virtual summer school helps students to learn and to succeed in academics
The Daily Record Fri, 22 Jun 2007 1:20 AM PDT

WOOSTER -- There are few second chances in the regular academic classroom. Whether or not that is an accurate statement, it is the opinion of Smithville High School sophomore Jerry Adams, for whom completing difficult coursework online is a more gratifying mode of operation.

Roanoke County students get ahead with on-line summer school
WDBJ 7 Roanoke Thu, 21 Jun 2007 2:52 PM PDT

An extremely hot classroom is what most people picture when they think summer school. But some students in Roanoke County are taking classes from the beach.

Virtual school spots filled
Daily Journal Sat, 23 Jun 2007 10:01 AM PDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) ? Free spots in the state?s virtual school program are just about filled.

State fills free spots in new virtual school
KY3 Springfield Fri, 22 Jun 2007 3:27 PM PDT

Enrollment starts Monday for students who will pay tuition.

Online school slots filling fast
KRCG Jefferson City Fri, 22 Jun 2007 1:39 PM PDT

State education officials extended the enrollment period at the end of May because they still had funding available.

The back-door side of cyber schools
The Evening Sun Fri, 22 Jun 2007 11:33 PM PDT

A guest column this week in The Evening Sun by the head of a cyber charter school operating in Pennsylvania is a reminder that there are always at least two sides to every story.

Moving to the Yahoo! News Alert for cyber school.

Schools support cyber reform
The Evening Sun Mon, 18 Jun 2007 3:33 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.

Grand jury focuses on Midland charter schools role in arts center
Centre Daily Times Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:10 AM PDT

A state grand jury investigation into two Pennsylvania charter schools is focusing on the role a school board played in the construction of a performing arts center, according to witnesses who testified.

Schools support cyber reform
The Evening Sun Tue, 19 Jun 2007 4:33 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.

Cyber education now offered to students
Sun Star Tue, 19 Jun 2007 9:37 AM PDT

EDUCATION in the country is going high-tech.

UPDATE: Auditor General Jack Wagner Calls for Changes in Funding of Charter Schools After Audits Show Overpayments
U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News Tue, 19 Jun 2007 2:12 PM PDT

Auditor General Jack Wagner today called on Gov. Rendell, the General Assembly and the Department of Education to work together to standardize the funding system for Pennsylvania's 119 charter schools, including 11 cyber charter schools, to make it fairer for taxpayers and the commonwealth.

Gettin' pricey
The Beaver County Times Tue, 19 Jun 2007 6:39 PM PDT

HARRISBURG - The state auditor general has called for the governor and Legislature to limit charter school funding in the wake of audits that revealed public school districts overpaid three charter schools more than $1.3 million.

PA Cyber opening Harrisburg office
The Beaver County Times Wed, 20 Jun 2007 7:10 PM PDT

MIDLAND - The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School will open a satellite office in Harrisburg, according to school officials.

PA Cyber's budget reflects expected growth
The Beaver County Times Wed, 20 Jun 2007 6:54 PM PDT

MIDLAND - The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School board unanimously approved a $66.96 million budget Wednesday for the 2007-08 school year, projecting an enrollment increase of 1,000 students.


Cyber Ed project to boost education, says DepEd
INQ7.net Fri, 22 Jun 2007 0:11 AM PDT


MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Education is set to implement the Cyber Education Project (Cyber Ed) that aims to provide satellite-based educational services to public elementary and high schools, Secretary Jesli Lapus has said.

The back-door side of cyber schools
The Evening Sun Fri, 22 Jun 2007 11:33 PM PDT

A guest column this week in The Evening Sun by the head of a cyber charter school operating in Pennsylvania is a reminder that there are always at least two sides to every story.

Next the Google News Alert for virtual school.

Report Touts Virtual Schooling's Ability to Enhance Educational Reform
Online Degrees - USA

Nonprofit group indicates virtual schooling could serve as a model for public school reform. There has been little doubt about the growing popularity of ... [See all stories on this topic]

Okaloosa school officials question economics of online classes
The Northwest Florida Daily News - Fort Walton Beach,FL,USA

For the past four years, the Okaloosa County School District has been funding Okaloosa Online, a virtual school which offers all classes required for ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual world of opportunities awaits language students online
The Japan Times - Japan

But happily for Chris Flesuras, in 3-D virtual world Second Life little is impossible. Flo Federal, the alter ego of Kyoto high school English teacher Chris ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual school puts paints, pianos online
Columbia Missourian - Columbia,MO,USA

Through its online curricula, the virtual school is intended to provide opportunities for students who need or want more than their school districts or home ... [See all stories on this topic]

Teachers not yet a reality for e-school
Columbia Missourian - Columbia,MO,USA

"I have to admit I wish we were further ahead, but with a new program we have a crunch time," Curt Fuchs, virtual school director, said. ...

North Carolina Opens First Virtual School
KSDK - St. Louis,MO,USA

It's not just students excited about the virtual school. So far, 800 teachers across North Carolina have signed up to teach courses. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual School Still Seeking Teachers
KOMU-TV - Colombia,MO,USA

COLUMBIA (AP) - Two months before the start of classes, Missouri's new online school has yet to hire any teachers. The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual campus could aid in emergency
eSchool News - Bethesda,MD,USA

Merrill Johnson, an associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts who showed off the school's virtual campus earlier this month, outfitted his avatar with a ... [See all stories on this topic]

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