Daily Headlines for January 31, 2011

‘A Rosa Parks Moment for Education’
Washington Post, DC, January 31, 2011

Last week, 40-year-old Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar was released after serving nine days in jail on a felony conviction for tampering with records. Williams-Bolar’s offense? Lying about her address so her two daughters, zoned to the lousy Akron city schools, could attend better schools in the neighboring Copley-Fairlawn district.

Seniority Moment
Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2011
Many states and cities are facing teacher layoffs this year as they scramble to balance their budgets. The big debate now underway is whether those layoffs will hit the best teachers, or some of the worst.

Teachers Unions Are the Special Interest Blocking School Choice
Washington Examiner, DC, January 28, 2011
A new spate of documentaries and media coverage have all centered on the role teachers unions play in blocking necessary change and innovation in public schools. At this point in the national discourse, a majority of Americans are convinced that our education system is in crisis and are looking for someone or something to blame.

FROM THE STATES

California

State Must Give ‘Parent Trigger’ A Chance To Work
Sacramento Bee, CA, January 30, 2011
What options do parents have if their neighborhood school remains among the state’s lowest performers year after year after year? What can they do when approaching teachers or the principal or the school board has won little in the way of improvement

District of Columbia

Would Bringing Back Vouchers Be Good for D.C. Students?
Washington Post, DC, January 29, 2011
Yes, a flourishing range of charter schools offers more choices than in years past. Yes, the reform started by Mr. Fenty and former Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is starting to take hold. Yet too many parents in the District still have little choice but to send their sons and daughters to failing schools.

Charter Schools Boom As Parents Seek More Options
Washington Examiner, DC, January 29, 2011
Interest in charter schools is growing in the Washington area, as student enrollment grows and a record number of schools are expected to apply to open in the District.

Florida

School Gives Extra Hand to Special Needs Children
News Chief, FL, January 30, 2011
Children with specific needs can attend this charter school and receive a smorgasbord of services. Among them are physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and hippo (horseback-riding) therapy.

Indiana

Charter School’s Nimble Approach Could Become The Norm
Indiana Business Journal, IN, January 29, 2011
January Indy Met, as the school is called, has the flexibility to make such rapid change because, as a charter school, it is free from state curriculum and staffing regulations, as well as from collective bargaining agreements with its teachers.

Maryland

Frustration for Champions of Charters
Washington Post, DC, January 31, 2011
A group of Montgomery County parents and education advocates poured hundreds of hours into a 350-page application for a charter school.

New Jersey

Create New Charter Schools By Removing Roadblocks
NJ Biz, NJ, January 31, 2011
Creation of a charter school in New Jersey is no easy task, evident from the stories told over the years by founders of the 73 charter schools now open in the state, as well as other organizers whose proposed schools that never got off the ground.

New York

Bloomberg Presses Cuomo on Teacher Seniority Rule
New York Times, NY, January 31, 2011
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg set up his first major confrontation with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday, publicly demanding that he use his coming state budget to reverse a rule that protects long-serving teachers from layoffs, regardless of merit.

Whittle Starts A City School
Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2011
Former Esquire publisher and Edison Schools cofounder Christopher Whittle is back at his quest to build an educational empire, more than two years after a deal fell through to build a $200 million private school on the West Side.

Success Academy Charter School Must Be Given Available Space in Upper West Side HS Building
New York Daily News, NY, January 31, 2011
The Panel for Educational Policy will write a new chapter in the history of the school wars tomorrow with a vote on allowing one of the city’s best charter operators to open shop on the upper West Side.

North Carolina

Empirical Evidence Suggests That The K-8 School Option Is the Smarter Choice for Children
Chatham Journal Weekly, NC, January 31, 2011
There is a proposal to reorganize the Chatham County Schools to eliminate the five existing K-8 schools so all students in the county would attend an elementary (K-5) school and then a middle (6-8) school.

Pennsylvania

School Choice Is Gaining Political, Popular Force
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA, January 31, 2011
So why so much momentum now? Several factors have helped policies with largely conservative origins gain much broader traction, say observers and activists. One is leadership. President Obama’s strong support of most of the choice agenda, though not vouchers, has empowered the movement and expanded its acceptability.

Rhode Island

Groups Urge RI Governor to Expand Charter Schools
Boston Globe, MA, January 29, 2011
Education advocacy groups are pressuring Gov. Lincoln Chafee to expand charter schools, something he hasn’t supported.

Virginia

Law, Culture Crush Charters
in Virginia

Washington Examiner, DC, January 29, 2011
The governor says he supports charter schools. The state revised its charter law last summer. The school districts are in the country’s forefront. So why does Virginia have only four charter schools?

Wisconsin

Catholic Schools Making the Grade, Report Shows
Green Bay Press Gazette, WI, January 30, 2011
The Green Bay Area Catholic Education system for the first time compared test scores from 10 local Catholic schools with scores from area public schools. Catholic educators say the comparison showed students at the parochial schools are generally more proficient or advanced in math, reading and language arts than their peers at public schools.

Daily Headlines for January 28, 2011

Time for School Choice: National School Choice Week Ends, Struggle Begins
Catholic Online, January 28, 2011
The unwillingness of those currently in charge of the Federal Educational Bureaucracy to consider school choice when everyone knows the educational system is broken exposes the difference between rhetoric and reality, real concern for real reform and sophistry. School Choice affirms that Parents should make the choice and State and Federal Government should support the first government in the home.

School Choice Saves Dollars, Makes Sense
Orange County Register, CA, January 27, 2011
Finally, a point most often considered irrelevant by school administrators and other public officials: School choice enhances personal freedom. Why, if it is reasonably possible and presents no harm to their neighbor, should any family not have a choice as to how their child is educated – particularly if that choice results in a savings to other taxpayers? More than serious consideration, does not school choice merit a real-world audition?

FROM THE STATES

California

L.A. Catholic Schools To Add 20 Days To Academic Year
Los Angeles Times, CA, January 28, 2011

The switch to a 200-day calendar will give campuses run by the archdiocese in L.A. , Ventura and Santa Barbara counties one of the longest school years in the nation.

New State Regulations Make School Choice Easier For Some Families
Whittier Daily News, CA, January 27, 2011
Recent changes in state law have brought about more choices – and convenience – for parents in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas who wish to enroll their children outside of their neighborhood school districts.

Colorado

Haley: The Plight of Jailed Mom
Denver Post, CO, January 27, 2011
You can question whether she deserved a felony conviction or not, but to me the bottom line is you shouldn’t have to break the law to get your kid into a better school. Parents need choices.

School Choice is a Good Thing
Highlands Ranch Herald, CO, January 28, 2011
Shortly after the public meeting on the possibility of offering school vouchers in Douglas County as part of the school district’s choice programs, I wrote a column asking you to research the pros and cons. Walking the talk, I did the research myself and have come to the conclusion that vouchers will lead our schools in the right direction.

District of Columbia

Norton is Misleading the Public About Local Support, Academic Effectiveness of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
PR Newswire, January 27, 2011
Today, Kevin P. Chavous, former D.C. Councilman and chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, released the following statement regarding Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s recent press release—in which she explained her opposition to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Do the Right Thing, Right Now, on D.C. Opportunity Scholarships
Washington Examiner, DC, January 28, 2011
For thousands of children and their families who are looking for a way to end the cycle of poverty, break out of failing public schools and receive the same kind of education that the president and many members of Congress provide for their own children, this is the right thing to do.

School Vouchers the Right Option
Washington Times, DC, January 27, 2011
But what about her girls and the untold numbers of other low-income boys and girls languishing in troubled schools while inside-the-Beltway powerbrokers tussle over dollar signs? It’s cheaper to provide vouchers to school children, regardless of ZIP code, than to continue shortchanging them by financing the status quo.

Indiana

Parents Deserve Charter Choice
Palladium-Item, IN, January 28, 2011
Opponents of charter schools in Indiana are saddled with a fundamental weakness in their argument against expansion of educational choices. They must persuade the public, and members of the Indiana General Assembly, that parents aren’t qualified to select the best learning environment for their children.

Where’s the MEA Reform?
Detroit News, MI, January 28, 2011
The union’s agenda pays lip service to getting quality results in the classroom. But a closer inspection reveals standard union demands: protection for employees and calls for more funding without tying money to performance.

New Jersey

Specialization or Segregation? NJ’s First Charter School for Autistic Children Already Faces Challenges
NJ Spotlight, NJ, January 28, 2011
Approved last week, the Forest Hill Charter School in Newark has received much attention as New Jersey ‘s first charter devoted entirely to students with autism. It was singled out by Gov. Chris Christie as part of a new generation of autonomous schools.

New York

Despicable Lies
New York Post, NY, January 28, 2011
Do middle-class parents deserve good, free public schools for their kids? That’s the question the city’s Panel for Educational Policy will answer Tuesday, when it votes on whether to let a new charter school — the Upper West Success Academy, run by former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz — share available space at Brandeis HS on West 84th Street in Manhattan.

North Carolina

NC Senator Proposes Ending Charter School Limits
Charlotte Observer, NC, January 27, 2011
New legislation in the North Carolina General Assembly would scrap the 100-school limit on taxpayer-funded charter schools.

Tennessee

Memphis to Vote on Transferring School System to County
New York Times, NY, January 28, 2011
The voluntary surrender of the city schools’ charter, since backed by the City Council and most of the school board, has led to an extraordinary standoff between Tennessee ‘s largest county and its largest city, a showdown charged with issues of money, politics, class and race.

State May Force School Approval
Commercial
Appeal, TN, January 28, 2011

Shelby County Schools may be required by the state board of education to approve a charter school application that the district has emphatically rejected.

VIRTUAL EDUCATION

Virtual Learning Can Improve Student Outcomes and Save Money
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, MI, January 27, 2011
Michigan should expand leadership role in online education; thousands of K-12 students currently participate in hundreds of online programs throughout the state, but unnecessary restrictions limit educational opportunities

Daily Headlines for January 12, 2011

Obama Aims To Revise No Child Left Behind
Washington Post, DC, January 12, 2011
President Obama will mount a fresh attempt this year to rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law, a top administration official said this week, and key congressional Republicans said they are ready to deal.

FROM THE STATES

California

New L.A. Schools Supt. John Deasy Is Seemingly A Man Of Contradictions
Los Angeles Times, CA, January 12, 2011
L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy has ties to the Gates Foundation, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Eli Broad, but his career displays an independent streak.

Georgia

3 Charter Schools Appeal to State on Thursday
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, GA, January 11, 2011
Imagine Marietta parents are planning to appeal to the state Thursday to save the charter school of 209 students after their petition to continue was rejected by an authorizing agency last month.

Indiana

‘I Can’t Wait’ For Reforms, Daniels Tells Lawmakers
Indianapolis Star, IN, January 12, 2011
With the clock ticking on his final two years as Indiana ‘s chief executive, Gov. Mitch Daniels says he can’t wait any longer for reforms to education and government — and Hoosiers shouldn’t have to.

Louisiana

Parents Camp Out At School Before Pre-K Application Day
Times Picayune, LA, January 11, 2011
Ecoee Rooney was so determined to guarantee her daughter a spot in Morris Jeff Community School ‘s prekindergarten that she slept on the sidewalk Monday night, with only a blanket protecting her from the near-freezing temperatures.

Maryland

Board of Education to Give Charter School Another Listen
Frederick News Post, MD, January 12, 2011
Frederick Classical Charter School proponents will attend to defend their application, which is being given a second look by the school board. Three board members are new since the body voted to deny the application in November.

Michigan

Saving Detroit’s Schools
Detroit News, MI, January 12, 2011
More attractive is his alternative proposal to look at the various charter school and schools of choice options adopted by New Orleans in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina

Minnesota

Union : Teacher Evaluations OK
Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN, January 11, 2011
Minnesota’s teachers union voiced support on Tuesday for two contentious measures — annual performance reviews and alternative ways to become a teacher — that have emerged as pivotal issues in the debate over teacher quality.

New Jersey

Christie Calls for More Cuts and Big Changes to Schools
New York Times, NY, January 12, 2011
Gov. Chris Christie signaled Tuesday that his second year in office will be as full of conflict and wrenching change as his first, calling for more deep cuts in state spending and public employee benefits, and a broad education overhaul that quickly drew scorn from Democrats.

Pennsylvania

School Choice Bill Makes Debut
Scranton Times-Tribune, PA, January 12, 2011
Symbolically numbered SB1, two leading proponents of school choice unveiled Senate legislation Tuesday to offer “opportunity scholarships” to low-income students in failing public schools.

VIRTUAL EDUCATION

Virtual Schooling Can Save Money, Help Nevada Families
Reno Gazette-Journal, NV, January 12, 2011
The public virtual school model is offering quality educations to thousands of students throughout the state.

Daily Headlines for January 7, 2011

Lessons Learned
The Economist, January 6, 2011
BUDGET, curriculum, class size-none has a greater effect on a student than his or her teacher. Given this, politicians might be expected to do all in their power to ensure that America’s teachers are good ones. For decades, they have done the opposite.

Officials Support Regulations For Charter Schools
Fair Lawn Community News, NJ, January 6, 2011
The Board of Education is asking the state to establish more regulations regarding charter schools.

FROM THE STATES

California

Point Loma Charter School Battle
KUSI News, CA, January 6, 2011
Parents and school-reformers in Point Loma are so upset with the Board of Education, there’s now talk of turning all of their schools into charter schools and perhaps even dropping-out of the school district.

Colorado

Get Smart Trains Business Managers For Charter Schools
Denver Business Journal, CO, January 7, 2011
The continuing growth in the number of charter schools has sparked a need for a new kind of leader – one versed in both education and business. Thus Get Smart Schools began a new business manager training program last August.

District of Columbia

Can Mayor Gray Make the Grade on D.C. School Reform?
Washington Post, DC, January 7, 2011
Listening to Gray during his campaign, I wasn’t confident that he’d be able to lead – and sustain – the District’s progress. So far, though, the sky hasn’t fallen on District public schools. And Gray’s initial appointments offer reason to be optimistic.

Florida

Pupils Come First, Scott Says
Miami Herald, FL, January 7, 2011
Just two days after being sworn in as Florida’s governor, Rick Scott visited an Opa-locka charter school to speak about his plans to reform education in the state.

Indiana

Some Democrats Ready To Embrace Education Reform
Indianapolis Star, IN, January 7, 2011
The group plans to weigh in heavily during the upcoming education policy debates, and some members recently met with Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to make clear their interest in finding common ground. Their voices will add much-needed balance to the debate.

Kentucky

Kentucky Senate Panel Approves Bill Allowing Charter Schools, School Choice
Lexington Herald Leader, KY, January 6, 2011
A bill allowing charter schools in Kentucky, and letting parents under certain conditions to enroll their children in public schools closest to their homes, is headed for a likely Senate vote Friday.

Michigan

Proposed MTA Cuts Would Be ‘Catastrophic’ For Charter School Parents
The Flint Journal, MI, January 6, 2011
Thousands of parents of charter and private school students will have to find other ways to get their kids to school if proposed cuts to Mass Transportation Authority bus routes happen as planned this month.

Bobb’s Plan for 2 Districts May Spur Real DPS Dialogue
Detroit News, MI, January 7, 2011
Either could explain why Bobb will offer the state Legislature a plan next week to split the Detroit Public Schools into two districts, financially speaking.

Minnesota

Legislative Battles Over Alternative Teacher Certification Are Likely Again This Session
MinnPost, MN, January 6, 2011
Minnesota’s education unions and legislators are likely headed for more battles this session. House lawmakers are trying to pass alternative teacher certification in Minnesota again after contention over the issue killed the entire omnibus K-12 education policy bill last session.

New Jersey

Jersey City Mayor and Councilman Want Christie to Change School Funding Formula To Send Charter Schools More Money
Jersey Journal, NJ, January 7, 2011
Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and Downtown Councilman Steven Fulop are calling on Gov. Chris Christie to amend his school funding formula to give charter schools a bigger slice of the funding pie.

North Carolina

Parents Want Good Options
Greensboro News & Record, NC, January 7, 2011
Guilford County has 18 opt-out schools. Although only 12 percent of eligible students are exercising their options this year, that adds up to a lot who have to be accommodated at other schools and also excess capacity at the schools that lost them.

Washington

Gov. Gregoire Broadens Her Sphere of Control
Seattle Times, WA, January 7, 2011
Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed streamlining of Washington’s educational bureaucracy rightly echoes frustration with a system of silos and warring departments, but the move appears less about government efficiency and more about shifting control.

VIRTUAL EDUCATION

Notable Online Learning Developments in 2010 Not All Positive Ones
Forbes Blog, January 6, 2010
As those who have followed the growth of online learning in the United States know, one of the best reports about the online learning field is released annually at iNACOL’s Virtual School Symposium.

Education Changing With The Times
Green Bay Press Gazette, WI, January 7, 2011
The school district this fall will open the John Dewey Academy of Learning charter school, a project-based learning environment that initially will serve 60 to 70 students in grades eight through 11.

Daily Headlines for January 6, 2011

National School Choice Week to Galvanize Thousands of Americans in Support of School Choice, January 23-29, 2011
PR Newswire, January 5, 2011
Thousands of Americans will demand that children gain access to more effective and challenging schools during America ‘s first-ever National School Choice Week, January 23-29, 2011

Parents Squeeze the Trigger
National Review Online, January 6, 2011
The parents whose children attend McKinley Elementary School in Compton , Calif. , dropped a bomb on their school district’s central office on December 7. More than 61 percent of them signed a petition demanding that the school – one of the worst in the state – be handed over to Celerity Education Group, which already operates four charter schools in the L.A. area.

FROM THE STATES

California

The Parent Revolution You Might Not Expect
The Voice of San Diego, CA, January 6, 2011
Still, some parents in this seaside burg are quietly considering how to stake out more independence for their schools – or whether to secede from San Diego Unified and form charter schools. A new law could give their push new power, letting parents force dramatic change at some schools.

Charter Process Designed to Fail
The Monterey County Herald, CA, January 6, 2011
The list of good ideas hampered by poor execution grows longer by the day. A perfect example is California’s charter school system, or, more precisely, the approval process that charters must weather.

Kentucky

Charter Schools Interest Growing in Lexington
Lexington Herald Leader, KY, January 6, 2011
A small but growing number of Lexington residents say they’re interested in charter schools as a state Senate committee prepares to consider a charter schools bill on Thursday.

Massachusetts

Teachers Welcome Plan to Reform Evaluations
Boston Globe, MA, January 6, 2011
ON BEHALF of nearly 20 teachers in traditional and charter schools across Greater Boston, we commend Paul Toner’s leadership and the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s plan to reform the state’s teacher evaluation system (“A union leader makes a breakthrough,” Op-ed, Jan. 2).

New Jersey

‘Achievement Gap’ Between Rich, Poor, Among Different Races Persists in N.J. Schools
Star Ledger, NJ, January 5, 2011
The “achievement gap” between rich and poor students, and among those of different races, persists in New Jersey schools, according to statewide test score data released yesterday by the state Board of Education.

North Carolina

Charters: A Different Sort of School
Asheville Citizen-Times, NC, January 5, 2011
Charter schools offer students experiences they may not find in traditional public settings

Rhode Island

Troubled RI School Hits Bumps on Road to Reform
Associated Press, January 6, 2011
The teachers at Central Falls High School struck a deal to get their jobs back last year after the entire staff was fired in a radical, last-ditch attempt to raise student performance. But if the administrators thought the teachers would be grateful for a second chance, they were wrong.

Washington

Gregoire Wants Just One State Education Agency
Seattle Times, WA, January 5, 2011
Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to create a single education department covering preschool through college, if approved by the Legislature, would make Washington one of the only states to put all those areas under a single umbrella.

Wisconsin

Asleep to Reality
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI, January 5, 2011
Given the Milwaukee School Board’s reluctance to sell vacant buildings, the Legislature should change state law and allow the city to do so.

VIRTUAL EDUCATION

Trombetta Talks Cyber Education
East Liverpool Review, PA, January 5, 2011
An additional workforce for a cyber education curriculum may come to East Liverpool , according to the head of Midland-based PA Cyber.

Alternative-Education Option Discussed
Reading Eagle, PA, January 6, 2011
The Boyertown School District is looking to use the county intermediate unit’s cyber charter school to teach its alternative-education students.

Collier Considering Virtual School Franchise
WZVN-TV, FL, January 5, 2011
From the science lab to the computer lab, new graduation requirements have Collier County school leaders are looking online to solve a scheduling mess.

Virtual Charter School Will Go Online Soon
Times Picayune, LA, January 06, 2011
Beginning this year, Louisiana students from kindergarten through 12th grade will have a new public school option available to them — online.

Daily Headlines for January 5, 2011

Do Home Schoolers Deserve a Tax Break?
New York Times, NY, January 4, 2011
The new Republicans in Congress have vowed to challenge the federal role in American public education, and said they will seek to turn more power over to the states on many fronts. But one of their priorities is a new federal rule: to give parents in every state tax credits if their children are home-schooled.

FROM THE STATES

California

Charter Schools in L.A. Unified to Get More Special Education Money
Los Angeles Times, CA, January 5, 2011
Local charter schools will receive more money to educate disabled students and more freedom from the Los Angeles Unified School District in the process, under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Board of Education.

Florida

Pasco Schools Get First Chunk of Race to the Top Funding Without Union Support
St. Petersburg Times, FL, January 5, 2011
Department spokesman Tom Butler said districts could get a partial payout from the grant with only their superintendent’s signature. The hope, he said, was that as districts begin to put pieces in place, union officials would see the effort is not so invasive and they might join.

Expo Shows You’re Not Stuck With The School You’re Assigned
Tampa Tribune, FL, January 5, 2011
January is Florida School Choice Month, and state education leaders are celebrating by hosting an expo for parents to learn more about their options – not just in Hillsborough County , but statewide.

Indiana

Education Reform Agenda Will Take Center Stage At Legislature
Indianapolis Star, IN, January 5, 2011
It was a Kodak moment: Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and Indiana State Teachers Association President Nate Schnellenberger putting aside their differences to embrace the importance of mentoring children. That truce likely won’t be repeated in the coming weeks.

Massachusetts

Ed Reform and Race to the Top Offer Chance for Improvement
Boston Globe, MA, January 5, 2011
AT THIS time last year, the Legislature handed Governor Patrick powerful tools to convince federal funders that the state could lead the way in education reform. A few months later, Massachusetts emerged from a competitive field with a $250 million Race to the Top education grant.

Nevada

Parental Involvement: An Education ‘Trigger’ For Change
Las Vegas Review-Journal, NV, January 5, 2011
Legislators in seven states — Florida , Georgia , Indiana , Michigan , New Jersey , North Dakota and Utah — are drafting legislation based on a school reform proposed by the Chicago-based Heartland Institute.

New Jersey

Christie Seeks to Relax Rules on Who Can Lead Schools
New York Times, NY, January 5, 2011
Gov. Chris Christie is pressing for regulations that would allow some New Jersey school districts to hire superintendents without traditional academic backgrounds or experience, in an effort to change confining state rules like those that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had to surmount to win approval for Cathleen P. Black, his choice for New York City schools chancellor.

North Carolina

N.C. Tea Party Targets Education Reform
The Lincoln Tribune, NC, January 4, 2011
Charter school advocates have picked up a significant ally in their fight to reform the state’s laws governing charter schools in the upcoming legislative session.

Wisconsin

Beloit Part of Voucher Plan?
Beloit Daily News, WI, January 4, 2011
The new Wisconsin governor is considering sweeping reforms in Madison, one of which could directly impact Beloit schools. Gov. Scott Walker and the incoming Republican legislature assumed power in the state Monday and wasted no time in introducing the possibility of expanding the state’s school voucher program.

VIRTUAL EDUCATION

Brooke Butler First Graduate of Virtual Sight
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI, January 5, 2011
Virtual learning allows students who struggle in traditional classrooms to complete schoolwork online and earn a Berrien Springs diploma. About 75 students from around West Michigan are enrolled at The Virtual Sight, said Bob Kubiak, site director.

Turlock School Board Approves ‘eCademy’
Modesto Bee, CA, January 4, 2011
School board members moved ahead Tuesday night with a proposal that aimed at bringing life back to a shuttered campus and drawing back 100 or so students lost to other districts every year.