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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Virtual Schooling in the News

Lots of unregular sources this week, beginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Supporters beg Wisconsin legislators to save virtual schools
Parents, students and advocates of Wisconsin's 12 online schools packed a legislative hearing room in the state's Capitol building Wednesday to ask for a reprieve from a December appeals court ruling that would withhold millions in state taxpayer funding. "This is life and death for us," Rose Fernandez, Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families president, told lawmakers. "If you don't help us, these schools will close." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (1/16) , The Washington Post/Associated Press (1/16)

Next the DEC Weekly News.

Distance Education In Georgia’s Public School Districts: Baseline Data On Utilization And The Perceived Barriers To Implementation And Expansion
Source: Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
Interest in distance education, particularly online education, is increasing in public school districts throughout the United States. In an effort to aid those who are involved in the planning and administration of K-12 distance education programs in Georgia, the authors sought to gather and report baseline data on the current utilization of distance education courses in Georgia’s K-12 public school districts, and to determine the perceived barriers to the implementation and expansion of distance education programs in Georgia.
http://www.distance-educator.com/dnews/Article15723.phtml

Wisconsin's Largest Online High School Gears Up For Open Enrollment
Source: earthtimes.org
Wisconsin's largest online high school, iQ Academy, is kicking off a series of open houses across the state this January in preparation for open enrollment season taking place February 4 - 22, 2008. Each year, Wisconsin students have the opportunity to enroll in other public schools outside their home district.
http://www.distance-educator.com/dnews/Article15721.phtml


Now the regular the Yahoo! News alert for virtual school.

Waiver delays NB's virtual school concept
The World Sat, 12 Jan 2008 8:26 AM PST
NORTH BEND — The North Bend School District wants to become the second district in Oregon to establish a virtual charter school catering to students throughout the state. Designed by K12 Inc., an established Web-based curriculum company in Virginia, the Oregon Virtual Academy’s structure and curriculum would give students an educational alternative freeing them from the confines of ...

Burmaster gives statement on proposed virtual charter school legislation
Stevens Point Journal Fri, 11 Jan 2008 1:31 PM PST
State superintendent Elizabth Burmaster issued a statement on the potential legislation regarding virtual charter schools throughout the state. This bill provides a legislative solution for the students, parents and educators of virtual charter schools and the citizens of Wisconsin, she stated. We look forward to prompt passage this session of legislation that addresses virtual education policy ...

Virtual Classrooms
WCBI Columbus Mon, 14 Jan 2008 6:16 PM PST
Trey Doherty may be in class but he'll never meet his English teacher and he doesn't have to sit in a traditional classroom . Doherty, a Nettleton High School senior is taking Advanced Placement English just by logging in to his virtual classroom.

Challenge to Midwest virtual school may have ripple effect
The Pantagraph Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:10 AM PST
NEW 12:55 p.m. CROSS PLAINS, Wis. -- Seventh-grader Marcy Thompson cried when she heard that a court had ordered the state to stop funding the virtual school she has attended for the last five years.

Grantsburg School District awaits outcome of virtual school legislation
Inter-County Leader Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:41 AM PST
Priscilla Bauer 16.JAN.08 GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg School Board met in closed session with legal counsel after their regular monthly board meeting Monday night to discuss and then approve joining with other districts operating online schools in filing a friends-of-the-court Amicus Brief.

Court ruling threatens virtual schools
The Charlotte Observer Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:43 AM PST
Seventh-grader Marcy Thompson cried when she heard that a court had ordered the state to stop funding the virtual school she has attended for the last five years. The ruling, the first of its kind in the U.S., placed the Wisconsin Virtual Academy at the center of a national policy debate after critics raised a key question: Do virtual schools amount to little more than home schooling at taxpayer ...

U.S. Court ruling threatens the future of computer-based virtual schools
The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:23 AM PST
CROSS PLAINS, Wisconsin - School districts across the United States are watching a court ruling that challenges the existence of virtual schools and could determine the future of online education.

New bill would keep virtual schools open
Inter-County Leader Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:41 AM PST
MADISON - Last week, state education officials applauded a new bill that would keep virtual schools open. But the principal of Wisconsin’s largest virtual school says state Sen. John Lehman’s measure would “destroy” online learning across the state.

Cleveland: Police Investigate Bomb Threat at Charter School
19 Action News Cleveland Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:54 AM PST
UPDATE: Cleveland, OH - New developments about a bomb threat at Cleveland's Virtual Schoolhouse. 19 Action News has learned the charter school went into lockdown mode after a student threatened to bring a bomb to school.

Wisconsin at center of debate over virtual schools
Marshfield News Herald Wed, 16 Jan 2008 6:04 AM PST
CROSS PLAINS Seventh grader Marcy Thompson is caught in the middle of a national policy debate that could close her school and help determine the future of online education. Thompson is one of a growing number of students nationwide trading home schooling and public schools for virtual ones where licensed teachers oversee her progress from afar. She is enrolled in the Wisconsin Virtual Academy, ...

Waukesha delegation fighting for virtual schools
Greater Milwaukee Today Wed, 16 Jan 2008 5:55 AM PST
WAUKESHA - In an effort to try and save virtual education in Wisconsin, a delegation of parents, students and school district leaders from Waukesha plans to converge today with hundreds of other state residents on Madison to voice support for legislation that would overturn a recent court of appeals ruling in Ozaukee County.

Hundreds of Wis. students ask lawmakers to save virtual schools
WKBT La Crosse Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:53 AM PST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Hundreds of students and their parents are rallying at the Capitol in an effort to keep virtual schools open in Wisconsin. They want lawmakers to respond to a court ruling that threatens to close the state's largest virtual school and others like it.

Challenge to Midwest virtual school may have ripple effect
The Pantagraph Thu, 17 Jan 2008 4:40 AM PST
CROSS PLAINS, Wis. -- Seventh-grader Marcy Thompson cried when she heard that a court had ordered the state to stop funding the virtual school she has attended for the last five years.

Dueling Virtual School Bills
Shepherd Express Wed, 16 Jan 2008 6:31 PM PST
Should taxpayers foot the bill for a public school system that doesn't require its teachers to hold a license, can accept students from other states and boosts the revenue of an out-of-state corporation? That could happen if Assembly Republicans and virtual school advocates get their way.

Virtual school future threatened
Honolulu Advertiser Thu, 17 Jan 2008 4:21 AM PST
A federal appeals court, in the first ruling of its kind in the U.S., has ordered the state of Wisconsin to stop funding a "virtual academy" that allowed children to learn from home.

Virtual School Battle
WXOW 19 La Crosse Wed, 16 Jan 2008 4:26 PM PST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of students and their parents are rallying at the Capitol in an effort to keep virtual schools open in Wisconsin.

Ruling threatens virtual schools
Daily Gleaner Thu, 17 Jan 2008 2:03 AM PST
School districts across the United States are watching a court ruling that challenges the existence of virtual schools and could determine the future of online education.

Rally cheers for online schools
The Capital Times Thu, 17 Jan 2008 9:37 AM PST
An estimated crowd of more than 1,000 children, parents, teachers and other supporters of online public schools took their case to the State Capitol on Wednesday. Wearing chartreuse T-shirts that read, "Please Don't Close My Great Public Virtual School!," the multigenerational throng rallied prior to a hearing on an Assembly bill sponsored by Rep. Brett Davis, R-Oregon, that would allow online ...

Virtual-school cuts debated
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Thu, 17 Jan 2008 10:55 PM PST
Madison - A key senator Thursday defended his plan to cut state aid for virtual-school students by about half, saying he fears such payments have profited school districts that offer online instruction.

Virtual schools threatened by court ruling
MSNBC Thu, 17 Jan 2008 6:08 PM PST
Seventh-grader Marcy Thompson cried when she heard that a court had ordered the state to stop funding the virtual school she has attended for the last five years.

Online School
Daytona Beach News-Journal Fri, 18 Jan 2008 1:18 AM PST
By LINDA TRIMBLE, Education Writer Laykin had just started taking online classes through the Florida Virtual School to catch up on credits needed for graduation, and she couldn't afford to take time off while her family vacationed in Flagler Beach. Finished with her summer courses, Laykin now supplements her classes at Taylor High School by taking additional courses ranging from marine science ...

Charter school boom hits district's budget
The Philadelphia Inquirer Thu, 17 Jan 2008 10:31 PM PST
The Philadelphia School District is experiencing a boom in charter school enrollment - nearly a 50 percent larger increase in students than it had budgeted for - and a large chunk of them are in cyber charters, district officials said yesterday.


Next the Yahoo! News alert for cyber school.

School board mulls offer to start own cyber charter
Penn Hills Progress Wed, 16 Jan 2008 9:10 AM PST
Penn Hills School District is considering claiming a piece of the pie for cyber charter school education. read more »

Valley West hopes to limit cyber school funding
The Citizens' Voice Thu, 17 Jan 2008 5:50 AM PST
KINGSTON — The Wyoming Valley West School Board on Wednesday urged the community to contact their legislators in support of a bill that would shift the cost of cyber charter schools from local districts to the commonwealth.


Moving on to the Google News alert for virtual school.

Editorial: Virtual schools questionable recipients of public dollars
The Tomah Journal - Tomah,WI,USA
Parents who choose traditional home schooling don’t get open-enrollment reimbursement, so why should parents who choose a virtual school be any different? ...
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Waiver delays NB's virtual school concept
Coos Bay World - Coos Bay,OR,USA
World Photo by Lou Sennick By Alexander Rich, Staff Writer It was a unanimous decision by the North Bend School Board to charter a new virtual school, ...
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What Will the New Year Bring?
Education World - Wallingford,CT,USA
Our county also will be providing instruction online through the St. Johns Virtual School. The variety of courses students will be able to take online range ...
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Madison School Board to set spring election date
Madison Daily Leader - Madison,SD,USA
The first reading of a policy concerning participation in a virtual high school accredited by the state Department of Education. ...
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Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Student: Lillian Abraham
Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia,PA,USA
Abraham enrolled in the cyber school, which has nearly 8000 students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade, in September 2006, after giving birth to ...
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Bermudian Springs facing tax hike
The Evening Sun - Hanover,PA,USA
Cyber school enrollments have also increased by 50 percent which means Bermudian needs another 0.53 mills to pay the extra $115000 due for cyber students. ...
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School goes on
Camrose Canadian - Alberta, Canada
“Even East Central Catholic operates a cyber-school that registers kids from anywhere,” Diachuk said. “We wouldn’t want them to lose any time if they are ...
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