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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Virtual Schooling in the News

Beginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Online Spanish-language courses aim to reduce ELL dropout rate
When Dallas' high school English-language learners return to school after the winter break, they will become the first in the state to learn algebra, biology, geometry, chemistry and world history online in their native Spanish. While bilingual education is common in Texas at the elementary level, a shortage of qualified teachers means most older ELL students receive instruction only in English, which some educators say results in some students falling far behind on the material or dropping out. The Dallas Morning News (12/26)

Back to the regular Yahoo! News Alert for virtual school.

High school may be going virtual in Norwood
The Daily News Transcript Sun, 23 Dec 2007 9:07 PM PST
Norwood High School students next year may be taking virtual classes - sort of.

High School Courses Online
Hartford Courant Fri, 28 Dec 2007 3:20 AM PST
Public high school students statewide may enroll in free online courses offered as part of a new state-funded program called the CT Virtual Learning Center.

Next the Yahoo! News Alert for cyber school.

Are cyber schools the answer?
The Oregonian Thu, 27 Dec 2007 0:19 AM PST
UPDATED: :19 a.m. PDT, December 27, 2007 Jefferson High School's guard Janita Badon passes the ball in the second half during the 2007 Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High School gym.

Moving to the Google News Alert for virtual school.

Dallas Morning News - Dallas,TX,USA
Schools recognized for exemplary programs: Southern Methodist University's Infinity Project, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD's Algebra I Virtual Campus and ...
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High school may be going virtual in Norwood
Daily News Transcript - Needham,MA,USA
By Brian Falla/Daily News staff School officials have included $12000 in the fiscal 2009 initial budget request to purchase Virtual High School, ...
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Park Hill school board notes
Kansas City Star - MO,USA
Virtual Academy: The board learned that 21 students have signed up for Virtual Academy. The district is offering two online classes – personal ...
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Winchester system taking part in Virtual High School
Winchester Star - Winchester,VA,USA
By Star Staff Report Winchester — Winchester Public Schools has become a participating site for Virtual High School, an online educational program offering ...
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Finally, the Google News Alert for cyber school.

Saints for Nicholas: Mother, Make-A-Wish, body shop make teen's ...
Lancaster Newspapers - Lancaster,PA,USA

Nicholas, who was in public school until he became ill and is now enrolled in a cyber school, hopes to go to a technical school after graduation and study ...
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IHS could move to a new campus after spring break
Rio Rancho Observer - Rio Rancho,NM,USA
... Cyber Academy building since the district sold the previous IHS campus to a private developer in August 2005 and abandoned it after the 2006-07 school ...
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Until next time (which I guess will also be next year)...

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