• Online School

    Over 450 students enroll in Burnsville district’s fully online school | Savage News

    Back-to-school looks different this year for thousands of Minnesota students who’ve enrolled in newly-established online learning academies offered by some public school districts. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District’s fully online school, One91 Virtual Academy, launched this week with over 450 students enrolled. Around 45% of the district’s virtual academy learners are in grades K-5, according to Tuesday’s enrollment figures. Middle-schoolers account for roughly 25% of enrolled students and the remaining 30% of students are in high school. Don Leake, the district’s principal on assignment for the virtual academy, said enrollment grew sharply in late August. “We’ve gained about 100 kids in the last week-and-a-half and it’s basically across all the grade levels,”…

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    OPINION: Ontario’s ‘choice’ of fully online school would gamble on children for profit

    For children, fully online learning creates the conditions for further educational inequality, prof says This article, written by Lana Parker, University of Windsor, originally appeared on The Conversation and has been republished here with permission: Despite the lack of data documenting benefits to children, and emerging evidence of several drawbacks and harms, the Ontario government is discussing making full-time online schooling a permanent “choice” in public education. This idea is being introduced without adequate research, and stands to become the latest measure that raises inequality and threatens the viability of education as a public good. The Globe and Mail obtained an Ontario Ministry of Education presentation dated March 22, 2021, detailing…

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    Leander ISD Virtual Academy: LISD proposes fully online program for high school students

    In a January board meeting, LISD officials discussed a virtual learning academy for fall 2021. LEANDER, Texas — Leander ISD officials are proposing to expand the district’s online schooling next academic year with a permanent program for a select group of high schoolers called “Leander ISD Virtual Academy.” The district will start collecting interest from current high school students in the coming weeks. In a Jan. 28 board meeting, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Matt Bentz said this is an online program in which all students will transfer to, participate in and graduate from a virtual four-year high school. “We have students that find online learning is an environment that they’ve thrived…

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    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker foresees state fully funding landmark education law

    With the prospect of federal aid and higher-than-expected tax revenue, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker plans to fully fund the state’s landmark education law in the 2022 fiscal year. Addressing the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual meeting, Baker said he plans to file a budget plan that increases unrestricted local aid based on the state’s consensus tax revenue and fully funds the first year of the Student Opportunity Act. “We’re pleased to continue making these important investments in our schools and our communities,” the Republican governor said Friday afternoon. The 2019 education law, which retooled the state’s funding formula, requires the state to offer $1.5 billion more in funding annually for the…

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