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(Washington Post)   Virginia's first statewide virtual school to close down, finally producing the state's first class of virtual dropouts   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 6
    More: Fail, Virginia, virtual schools, Carroll County, throw in, Buena Vista, online learning, International Association of Educators  
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2013-05-03 01:05:41 PM  
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CSB (i.e. 'just an anecdote, not data'):

My nephew was in a virtual school. They had cameras to take attendance, but apparently they had a lot of problems getting the kids to come back to "class" after lunch. With lots of parental supervision, my nephew was able to keep up and go back to regular school later.

Given that teachers & parents sometimes need a club just to get kids' divided attention, I'm guessing a lot of kids are not really getting much benefit from the virtual school system.
2013-05-03 12:46:35 PM  
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Huggermugger: meanmutton: Just how amazingly bad do your schools have to be in order for parents to think that a virtual school is a good thing?

The Fairfax county school system is #1 or #2 in the entire country, so anyone who's looking that hard for an alternative is either a chronic complainer, the parent of a child with super- serious problems, or else has a political agenda.


Agreed. Either the parent or the child has problems if they can't handle elementary school in Fairfax.

In the case of the mom whose kid started complaining about going to school, I'm guessing the kid is an only child who has never been away from home all day before starting 1st grade. If I'm right (who knows?), then this kid is going to grow up with some serious problems, with his mom giving in to him all the time.
2013-05-03 12:14:39 PM  
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Some downstate legislators are trying to shove this through in Illinois. When the company came to the school my wife teaches at the pitch that boiled down, "We'll take students and funding from you and give you those students back when they decide that removing the daycare part of free education isn't working for them."

But at least it isn't Chicago where schools are classified as "failing" because they service areas rife with poverty, gang issues and lack of any parent involvement. The plan is to move those students to for profit schools through multiple gang territories, but its all good because they're going to have crossing guard type unarmed guards walking with them. Chicago Teachers Union may be a bunch of jackwads, but that doesn't make Chicago Public Schools plan to gut itself in the interest of feeding money to Mayor Emmanuel's cohorts any better.
2013-05-03 11:58:25 AM  
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meanmutton: Just how amazingly bad do your schools have to be in order for parents to think that a virtual school is a good thing?


The Fairfax county school system is #1 or #2 in the entire country, so anyone who's looking that hard for an alternative is either a chronic complainer, the parent of a child with super- serious problems, or else has a political agenda.
2013-05-03 11:14:24 AM  
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www.duy.im

I'll go to a virtual school, to get my virtual job, so I can live in a virtual house.
Virtually... Incomprehensible!
2013-05-03 11:13:34 AM  
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meanmutton: BitwiseShift: A private company doesn't get it's contract renewed.

It was a sweetheart deal with state legislators in a specially created statewide district while virtual classes already exist in many real local school districts.

And it was probably the only school district in Virginia that could make corporate campaign donations.

Eh, the rest of them have the VEA and it makes PLENTY of corporate campaign donations.


I'd be curious as to the cost. The program had about 350 students - that's smaller than my graduating class.
 
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