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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Beginning with the Yahoo! News Alert for virtual school.

Education visionary to be inducted into HOF
Kansas City Kansan Fri, 26 Oct 2007 11:20 PM PDT

Josh Anderson entered the world of education on the run. In just his second year of teaching at Basehor-Linwood High School, Anderson was a member of the team that designed the nation’s first virtual charter school.

Area school briefs
Exeter News-Letter Fri, 02 Nov 2007 3:30 AM PDT

New Hampshire high school students can enroll in college prep, honors and Advanced Placement courses offered by the state's first online high school, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School. Registration for the January semester ends Nov. 2.

Correction
New Hampshire Union Leader Fri, 02 Nov 2007 9:08 PM PDT

More than 200 students have enrolled in the state's first independent public virtual high school .

Moving on to the Yahoo! News Alert for cyber school.

Teen faces charges in MySpace threat probe
Waynesboro Record Herald Sat, 27 Oct 2007 9:40 AM PDT

WAYNESBORO - A cyber school student who lives in the Waynesboro Area School District is facing 34 counts of making terroristic threats and 34 counts of harassment for allegedly posting threats against other students last month on a MySpace page.

Tax exemption request for parking lot questioned
Lisbon Morning Journal Sun, 28 Oct 2007 10:31 PM PDT

EAST LIVERPOOL — A downtown cyber school is seeking tax exemption on a Walnut Street parking lot, but school officials want to know first whether the property is being used for educational purposes.

Next the Google News Alert for virtual school.

Blunt seeks to expand virtual school program
Lee's Summit Journal - Lee's Summit,MO,USA

Matt Blunt in downtown Kansas City on Friday to explain how the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program works. The MoVIP program, which kicked off at the start ... [See all stories on this topic ]

Finally, the Google News Alert for cyber school.

A learning experience
phillyBurbs.com - Philadelphia,PA,USA

"With PA Cyber, there are a lot more options. The volunteer projects take up most of our time, and their school schedule conforms to that," said mom, ... [See all stories on this topic]

Attacking cyber schools
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

Never mind that by one estimate, cyber schools saved taxpayers more than $146 million in 2005-06. The thinking in Harrisburg is that the cyber school ... [See all stories on this topic]

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2 Comments:

Blogger lookingup said...

I am looking at job openings in the Philly and west of Philly area. My degree will be in special education K-12. I am seeing a lot of things come up in my search for special education jobs in virtual schools. Just how exactly does that work? Is virtual schooling a successful idea for our students with disabilities?

4:14 PM  
Blogger MKB said...

There are programs that are created and designed specifically for "at risk" students. The define this as students who would otherwise have difficulties being successful in the traditional, brick and mortar classroom.

I'll be honest and say that I don't know as much about this aspect of virtual schooling as I should or would like.

I can say that the success of this kind of virtual schooling, like all virtual schooling, only has the potential with a well designed, well delivered program... and some are better designed and better delivered than others.

Your particular state is one of a couple that is fairly well known for having a number of questionable cyber charter school programs. This is not to say that all cyber schools in your state are like this, but they have definitely gotten a bad reputation because of the actions of some.

MKB

8:46 AM  

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