Virtual Education

Florida schools roundup: virtual schools, teacher conduct, tutors & more

Virtual schools. Lawmakers open online learning to more providers, including private interests, reports the Miami Herald. StateImpact Florida and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting obtain internal emails and a recording of a K12 Inc. company meeting that they say shed light on questionable company practices involving teachers who are not properly certified. Struggling[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: turnarounds, teacher conduct, legislative wrap-ups & more

School turnarounds. Tampa Bay Times education editor Tom Tobin offers his take on what it takes: “a long, slow slog that requires principals and teachers to keep on task, stay inspired and fight through times when things don’t seem to be working.” The Times also offers a statistical snapshot of[Read More…]

Evidence mounting for hit on Florida Virtual School enrollment

When Naman Thackar tried to sign up recently for an Advanced Placement science class through Florida Virtual School, he said his guidance counselor told him he couldn’t. Instead, the Broward County ninth-grader was instructed to take the class through the school district’s virtual program. But when he tried to sign[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: parent trigger, private tutors, drug testing & more

Parent trigger. Citing anonymous sources, Sunshine State News says Gov. Rick Scott helped kill parent trigger. Five GOP senators tell The Buzz he had nothing to do with it. Arne Duncan sorta kinda maybe a wee little bit endorses the concept of parent trigger, notes This Week In Education. Parents[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Vouchers in Indiana, virtual education in Florida, school choice in Connecticut and more

Indiana: Lawmakers expand state’s school voucher program to allow more children to be immediately eligible. (Associated Press). The legislature may forgive $12 million in loans to nine failing charter schools (Associated Press). Washington, D.C. : Charter advocates make their annual plea to district officials for equitable funding (Washington Post). Malcolm E. “Mike”[Read More…]

Florida Virtual School fears enrollment drop due to proposed funding changes

Florida Virtual School officials say Florida school districts are already beginning to curb student enrollment in online classes in response to a funding shift proposed by state lawmakers. Under the change – which continues to be debated as lawmakers head into the final week of the session – districts would[Read More…]

Florida roundup: virtual schools, parent trigger, teacher conduct & more

Virtual schools. The state investigation of K12 Inc. in Florida – which turned up three inadequately certified teachers – anchors a critical story in Maine by the Portland Press Herald. Education Week writes it up. Parent trigger. Sen. David Simmons is proposing another compromise for parent trigger. Gradebook. Common Core. StateImpact[Read More…]