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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Please note that I'm taking a few days off for the holidays. I'll be back online and blogging on 27 or 28 January. Until then...

Beginning with the Yahoo! News Alert for virtual school.

8-year-old attends virtual class
The Gleaner Sat, 15 Dec 2007 10:06 PM PST
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) -- Emily Stapleton is 8 years old but hasn't attended school since kindergarten -- a precaution her parents and doctors are taking because of her heightened susceptibility to illness after leukemia treatment.

Greeneville High School gets virtual classroom
Bristol Herald Courier Tue, 18 Dec 2007 3:32 PM PST
students are out of class for winter break, crews are hard at work inside the High-tech equipment will transform a Tri-Cities classroom into a "virtual classroom." While Greeneville High Schoolschool, installing technological bells and whistles to one classroom. News Channel 11's Melinda Perkins found the purpose of the project is to broaden learning opportunities for students. The new virtual ...

Greeneville High School gets "virtual classroom"
Bristol Herald Courier Tue, 18 Dec 2007 2:10 PM PST
students are out of class for winter break, crews are hard at work inside the High-tech equipment will transform a Tri-Cities classroom into a "virtual classroom." While Greeneville High Schoolschool, installing technological bells and whistles to one classroom.

Virtual learning works best for homework
The Record Wed, 19 Dec 2007 6:29 AM PST
"I am going to be up so late tonight doing all this homework" is a phrase commonly heard within the classrooms at Ridgefield Memorial High School.

New Year's Resolution for the Whole Family: Make Your Home More Conducive for Learning
PRWeb Wed, 19 Dec 2007 0:26 AM PST
Leading virtual public school, Connections Academy®, offers five easy tips to help support education in the home. (PRWeb Dec 19, 2007) Post Comment:Trackback URL: http://www.prweb.com/pingpr.php/U2luZy1TdW1tLVNpbmctQ3Jhcy1UaGlyLVplcm8=

New Year's Resolution for the Whole Family: Make Your Home More Conducive for Learning
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Tue, 18 Dec 2007 11:01 PM PST
Leading virtual public school, Connections Academy®, offers five easy tips to help support education in the home.

Dawn Manbeck's blog update: Culture shock
Baxter Bulletin Thu, 20 Dec 2007 9:31 AM PST
Texas Virtual Academy @ Southwest expanded into our area this year, and since they are using K-12 as their curricula, we decided to give it a try. ... TXVA is a public charter school, so that means we have a teacher, we have to report attendance, we have *requirements* for the first time since we started homeschooling in 2001. It's turning out to be more of an adjustment than I counted on. Read ...

Medford-based virtual school not affected by court decision
Marshfield News Herald Sat, 22 Dec 2007 1:48 AM PST
A local virtual school wont shut down despite warnings that a recent court decision could kill online education programs.

Winchester system taking part in Virtual High School
Winchester Star Fri, 21 Dec 2007 9:29 PM PST
Winchester — Winchester Public Schools has become a participating site for Virtual High School, an online educational program offering regular, summer, Advanced Placement and Pre-AP courses.


Moving on to Google News Alert for virtual school.

New centre to boost Indo-UK research
Times of India - India
"The consortium has already secured over $3 million to establish the first-ever India-UK virtual graduate research school, which will support collaborative ...
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Lampert Smith: Virtual school was real solution
Wisconsin State Journal - Madison,WI,USA
After home schooling their son through much of eighth grade, the family was delighted to find the Monroe Virtual High School, a charter school run out of ...
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Jeff Bush: Virtual schools here to stay; law, courts must adapt
The Capital Times - Madison,WI,USA
Virtual school isn't for all children. And we fully appreciate that communities have made tremendous investments in the brick, mortar and equipment that ...
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Virtual classroom part of leukemia treatment for 8-year-old girl
Kentucky.com - Lexington,KY,USA
... interaction with friends at school. McHenry, with help from the Center for Rural Development, helped the young girl get set up in the virtual classroom.
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Friday Guest Column: Virtual EMO K-12's IPO - Shades of Investors ...
Education Week News - Bethesda,MD,USA
State policy makers and charter school boards – take note when negotiating your deals! K12 instructional costs and services range between 50% and 60% of ...
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Guest Shot: Virtual school belongs to SAU 16 taxpayers
Exeter News-Letter - Exeter,NH,USA
At a minimum, the Coop Board needs to go to the state board and reclaim the Virtual Charter School that is rightfully theirs.
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Web opening new classroom doors
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription) - Milwaukee,WI,USA
Instead of replacing the face-to-face interaction of a brick-and-mortar school with a virtual-school experience, Nelson and other teachers throughout the ...
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Virtual charter high school on verge of connection
Newport News Times - Newport,OR,USA
... School District and governed by the local Oregon Council for Online Learning - is poised to open its virtual doors in January for spring semester. ...
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Waukesha ponders issues facing virtual school
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription) - Milwaukee,WI,USA
Last week, the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Waukesha found the Northern Ozaukee School District's virtual school violated several state laws and ordered ...
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Parents wait for fallout from online school ruling
Green Bay Press Gazette - Green Bay,WI,USA
Eighth-grade daughter Erin goes to Green Bay's Red Smith School, while eldest daughter Dora is in ninth grade at iQ Academies, a virtual high school. ...
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Online school ruled illegal, worrying local parents
Green Bay Press Gazette - Green Bay,WI,USA
Eighth-grade daughter Erin goes to Green Bay's Red Smith School, while eldest daughter Dora is in ninth grade at iQ Academies, a virtual high school. ...
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Finally, the Google News Alert for cyber school.

Cyber charter school is an excellent alternative
Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA
Karen Beyer's House Bill 446 about cyber charter schools: We are the parents of a cyber school child. We think this bill is a waste of the House's time. ...
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16 - CyberEd will not sidetrack DepEd's infra projects
Bayanihan.org - Philippines
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Sunday said the construction of school buildings and classrooms is being addressed with or without the Cyber ...
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School hypocrisy
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
State House legislation would cap tuition at the online schools at about $6500 -- a move that cyber school advocates say would force some schools to close. ...
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House bill will hurt cyber charter schools
Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA
Proponents of an anti-cyber school bill (House Bill 446) claim the legislation will strengthen public cyber schools. What a paradox! ...
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Parents stand up for neighborhood schools in Connellsville
Uniontown Herald Standard - Uniontown,PA,USA
... to have the district remain at status quo, but if the board is set to make changes, she will consider her own options of home schooling or cyber school. ...
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Cyber school, services firm reach settlement in lawsuit
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School board has agreed to an $800000 settlement with Rodis LLC, which provided management services to the charter school ...
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Legislators Seek 'Accountability' For Cyber Charters
Evening Bulletin - Philadelphia,PA,USA
He notes that Mrs. Beyer has pushed strongly for the cyber school bill, which the unions support, but remains "undecided" on the anti-strike bills. "Rep. ...
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PA Cyber, Rodis settle
The Review - East Liverpool,OH,USA
By REBEKAH POTTER (rpotter@reviewonline.com) A settlement between the Midland-based Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and a firm which formerly managed some ...
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Until next week...

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