Virtual (Online) Schools

On this page you will find news articles, research/reports, comments, and status of pending legislation and/or regulations relating to virtual (distance learning, online) schools.

Virtual Charter Schools Spending Millions of Taxpayer Money on Advertising (Diane Ravitch’s blog)

Evaluating Virtual Schooling in Texas and Nationally–Senate Hearing Gathers Evidence (Texas AFT Legislative Hotline)

Texas State Teachers Association offers testimony to Senate Education Committee regarding virtual schools:

Senate Committee Considers Ways to Nurture Online Education, Oct. 9, 2012

Virtual Schools, Virtually Unregulated? Texas Observer, Oct. 10, 2011

Virtual Schools in Texas:  Good for Kids or Merely Good for Profit?

Read this white paper that was produced by Raise Your Hand Texas, an organization fighting for improved public education.  See also commentary from Texas AFT Hotline:

NEPC Policy Brief:  The Realities of K-12 Virtual Education

Misunderstanding and Misrepresenting the “Costs” and “Economics” of Online Learning

by Bruce Baker

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