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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Well, I have successfully moved. Still unpacking and such, but I do have my Internet connection back up and running so I will be able to start updating on a regular basis again.

To start us off, our regular feature of virtual schooling in the news... Beginning with the Yahoo! News alert for virtual school.

Local parents ponder virtual high schools: Are you ready to learn online?
Tucson Citizen Tue, 17 Jul 2007 0:12 AM PDT

The enticement is substantial. No classrooms. Teachers only when you want them. No disruptive classmates. No high school drama. Virtual school isn't the stuff of science fiction.

PRATT AREA BRIEFS: iQ Academy open house
The Pratt Tribune Tue, 17 Jul 2007 11:00 AM PDT

iQ Academy will hold an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pratt Public Library to introduce its online high school which will open its virtual doors for the 2007-08 school year this fall.

Parents Look into Virtual High Schools
KTAR 92.3 Phoenix Sat, 21 Jul 2007 9:49 AM PDT

The enticement is substantial. No classrooms. Teachers only when you want them. No disruptive classmates. No high school drama. Virtual school isn't the stuff of science fiction.

Tucson parents ponder virtual high schools
KVOA Tucson Sat, 21 Jul 2007 9:50 AM PDT

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The enticement is substantial. No classrooms. Teachers only when you want them. No disruptive classmates. No high school drama.

Next the Yahoo! News alert for cyber school.

Public school districts feel the burn from cyberspace
The Citizens' Voice Sun, 15 Jul 2007 0:06 AM PDT

Enrollment at cyber schools has grown at a breathtaking pace across Pennsylvania since their inception eight years ago. The Internet-based schools now number 11 and serve nearly 17,000 students statewide.

Cyberschool defends budget balance

The Beaver County Times Sat, 14 Jul 2007 6:54 PM PDT

MIDLAND - The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in 2005-06 posted a $16.1 million fund equity - about 49 percent of annual expenses - as the school's assets continued to climb for a sixth straight year, according to an independent audit.

Highlands fights back with cyber school
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sun, 15 Jul 2007 9:25 PM PDT

Faced with an ever-increasing loss of dollars and students to cyber charter schools, Pennsylvania school districts have begun to evaluate their options.

Bill encourages districts to follow Highlands lede

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sun, 15 Jul 2007 9:25 PM PDT

A bill before the state House Education Committee could bring big relief to Pennsylvania school districts at the expense of cyber charter schools.

A student enrolled in a cyber-charter school wants to still attend dances and play baseball at the middle school, but ...
Reading Eagle Mon, 16 Jul 2007 10:25 PM PDT

A student enrolled in a cyber-charter school wants to still attend dances and play baseball at the middle school, but the attorney for the district had said it doesn’t have to allow it.

Districts like cyber school limits in bill
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Wed, 18 Jul 2007 9:13 PM PDT

Leaders of some local school districts are rallying behind a bill aimed at decreasing the payments they make to support students enrolled in cyber charter schools.

PA Cyber passes state performance tests
The East Liverpool Review Fri, 20 Jul 2007 9:29 PM PDT

MIDLAND — The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School and Midland Middle and Elementary schools jointly announced they achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2007 statewide school performance tests.

Moving on to the Google News alert for virtual school.

Tougher to catch college online test takers, educators say
Naples Daily News - Naples,FL,USA

Anna Coppola, an instructional leader for Florida Virtual School, said communication with students and parents is part of the key to preventing cheating. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

For Hazleton student, it's just another school day
Wilkes Barre Citizen's Voice - Wilkes Barre,PA,USA

A recently-divorced medical assistant, Cerani's mother said that cyber school have allowed her to go back to work knowing her son is getting the individual ... [See all stories on this topic]

Franklin's pay for play put off for a year
News-Herald - Franklin,PA,USA

Home-schooled students would likewise pay a $25 fee to participate, as would charter and cyber charter school students, but the charter or cyber charter ... [See all stories on this topic]

Bill encourages districts to follow Highlands lede
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

Both sums go to the same cyber school, which raises this question: "What are the real costs here?" Vitali also raised concerns about the quality of ... [See all stories on this topic]

Cyberschool defends budget balance
Beaver County Times - Beaver County,PA,USA

MIDLAND - The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in 2005-06 posted a $16.1 million fund equity - about 49 percent of annual expenses - as the school's assets ... [See all stories on this topic]

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