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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Beginning with something from the ASCD SmartBrief.

Online charter competition heats up in Oregon

Because of a state law, a for-profit Oregon online charter school currently has a virtual monopoly. However, that may change, as Insight Schools -- which also runs online charter schools in California and Washington state -- has backers who reportedly plan to seek a residency requirement waiver from the state education board. The Oregonian (Portland)/Associated Press (9/5)

Back to the regular Yahoo News alert for virtual school.

Missouri virtual school reopens enrollment
Jefferson City News Tribune Fri, 31 Aug 2007 6:36 AM PDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri's new virtual school is up and running for the first time this month, despite bumps along the way, including hundreds of students who signed up to attend but didn't follow through.

Virtual school is the answer for many kindergartners and their parents

Gillette News Record Fri, 31 Aug 2007 12:11 PM PDT

Last year, Allie Martin had a hard time concentrating in school. She could focus well for about 20 minutes, but it was difficult to continue to grasp information after that.

Missouri virtual school reopens enrollment
Jefferson City News Tribune Sat, 01 Sep 2007 6:21 AM PDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri's new virtual school is up and running for the first time this month, despite bumps along the way, including hundreds of students who signed up to attend but didn't follow through.

Back to School: School prep in the virtual world
The Sentinel Sat, 01 Sep 2007 11:08 PM PDT

While most school districts work on decorating classrooms and ordering materials for inside, one online school is sending everything out.

Virtual school is the answer for many kindergartners and their parents
Gillette News Record Sat, 01 Sep 2007 4:56 PM PDT

Last year, Allie Martin had a hard time concentrating in school. She could focus well for about 20 minutes, but it was difficult to continue to grasp information after that.

Back to School: School prep in the virtual world
The Sentinel Sun, 02 Sep 2007 11:22 PM PDT

While most school districts work on decorating classrooms and ordering materials for inside, one online school is sending everything out.

Local kids link up to Virtual High School
Middletown Times Herald-Record Tue, 04 Sep 2007 11:10 PM PDT

Slate Hill — Jessica Alesandro filled her schedule at Minisink Valley High School this year with 11 classes, including three JROTC courses that stretch beyond the school day.

Griffin Bay School adds virtual academy
San Juan Journal Thu, 06 Sep 2007 10:23 AM PDT

In addition to its public schools, the San Juan Island School District has an alternative program that serves three different student bases in three very different ways.

Keystone National High School Redefines Academic Excellence with New Comprehensive Program for Full-Time Students

Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance Thu, 06 Sep 2007 8:59 AM PDT

PORTLAND, Ore.----Keystone National High School, recognized as an innovator in home education and distance learning approaches, announced today a new comprehensive program for their full-time students to ensure they have access to the latest resources and support they need to be successful in a virtual education environment.

Virtual School Working for One Ozarks Family
KOLR/KSFX Ozarks Thu, 06 Sep 2007 4:49 PM PDT

Missouri 's new state funded virtual instruction program is getting good grades from one local family. Missouri is the 25 th state to get a statewide virtual school program. And it really is statewide.


Virtual schooling growing at K-12 level
USA Today Fri, 07 Sep 2007 5:14 AM PDT

As a seventh-grader, Kelsey-Anne Hizer was getting mostly D's and F's and felt the teachers at her Ocala middle school were not giving her the help she needed. But after switching to a virtual school for eighth grade, Kelsey-Anne is receiving more individual attention and making A's and B's. She's also enthusiastic about learning, even though she has never been in the same room as her teachers.

Virtual K-12 Schools Can Help Students Improve Grades
Wired News Fri, 07 Sep 2007 11:47 AM PDT

Students whose grades are slipping may do better in a virtual school. Some report it's more one-on-one and they feel teachers are listening. Although it's ubiquitous at college and university, K-12 virtual schooling using e-mail, chat, IM and online lessons is just getting off the ground.

Virtual Learning Catching On At Elementary, High School Levels
WPBF Palm Beach Fri, 07 Sep 2007 5:49 AM PDT

Virtual learning is becoming ubiquitous at the college level but is still new at the elementary and secondary level, where skeptics question its cost and effect on children's socialization.

Virtual learning catching on at elementary, high school levels
Detroit Free Press Fri, 07 Sep 2007 3:39 AM PDT

As a seventh-grader, Kelsey-Anne Hizer was getting mostly D's and F's and felt the teachers at her Ocala middle school were not giving her the help she needed.

Virtual schooling growing at K-12 level
Boston Globe Fri, 07 Sep 2007 1:33 AM PDT

As a seventh-grader, Kelsey-Anne Hizer was getting mostly D's and F's and felt the teachers at her Ocala middle school were not giving her the help she needed. But after switching to a virtual school for eighth grade, Kelsey-Anne is receiving more individual attention and making A's and B's. She's also enthusiastic about learning, even though she has never been ...

More Kids Going To School Online
CBS News Fri, 07 Sep 2007 7:30 AM PDT

Virtual learning is becoming ubiquitous at colleges and universities, but remains in its infancy at the elementary and secondary level. However, virtual schools are growing fast - at an annual rate of about 25 percent at the K-12 level.

Next, the Yahoo News alert for cyber school.

Nine BEA students in district's program
Centre Daily Times Sat, 01 Sep 2007 5:35 AM PDT

Nine students have signed up to attend Bald Eagle Area's first in-house cyber school, a district administrator said this week.

Dual enrollment, flex schedules, cyber cafe features of new campus
The Ann Arbor News Tue, 04 Sep 2007 8:00 AM PDT

High school and college students attending Howell's new Parker High School Campus are in for a high-tech treat when classes resume today. The Kilt Shack, a store run by advanced marketing students, will offer a mostly staffless 24-7 operation.

Cyberschool lawsuit settled
The Beaver County Times Thu, 06 Sep 2007 6:10 PM PDT

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School plans to settle a lawsuit with a former vendor, despite claims by school officials that a fired management firm was responsible for payment.

Cyberschool nears meeting state standards
The Beaver County Times Thu, 06 Sep 2007 6:25 PM PDT

MIDLAND - The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School has met state requirements for academic progress for the first time since the 2003-04 school year, but it's got one more year to go before it gets out of the state's doghouse.

Moving to the Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual school offers 14 classes; not just for adults
Maple Ridge News - BC, Canada

A large part in achieving that goal is the school district's Connected Learning Community, a virtual school offering courses from several of the district's ... [See all stories on this topic]

Another virtual school to come online in state
Garden City Telegram - Garden City,KS,USA

Yet another online program for Kansas high school students is springing up with Kaplan Academy of Kansas, a virtual high school operated by the national ... [See all stories on this topic]

MoVIP running despite bumps
Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia,MO,USA

LOUIS (AP) - Missouri's new virtual school is up and running for the first time this month, despite bumps along the way, including hundreds of students who ... [See all stories on this topic]

Virtual school may soon be a reality in West Bend
Greater Milwaukee Today - WI, USA

The latest numbers from the West Bend School District have 26 students attending a virtual school - 13 of whom had previously attended West Bend schools. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Students set own pace in online cyberschool
Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ,USA

Carl, 14, attends IQ Academy Arizona, a public cyberschool that has expanded to offer an online high school for the first time this year. ... [See all stories on this topic]

Kenya: E-Learning Takes Root in Schools
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA

Cyber School Technology Solutions in conjunction with Cisco Systems has taken the challenge head on to roll out e-learning not only in the country but also ... [See all stories on this topic]

Bryn Mawr Cyber School Takes On More Students, Weathers Political ...
Evening Bulletin - Philadelphia,PA,USA

"Pennsylvania is a leader in the cyber school field," AHCS chief executive officer Wallace H. Wallace told The Bulletin. "Every parent in the Commonwealth ... [See all stories on this topic]

Nine BEA students in district's program
Centre Daily Times - Centre County,PA,USA

By Dena Pauling - dpauling@centredaily.com Nine students have signed up to attend Bald Eagle Area's first in-house cyber school, a district administrator ... [See all stories on this topic]

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