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)

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/11/29/online-schools-spend-millions-of-tax-dollars-to-advertise/

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

http://texasaftblog.com/hotline/?p=2196

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

http://www.tsta.org/news-center/education-news

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

http://www.texasobserver.org/snakeoil/senate-committee-considers-ways-to-nurture-online-education-in-texas?tmpl=component&print=1

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

http://www.texasobserver.org/virtual-schools-virtually-unregulated

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.  http://www.raiseyourhandtexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/virtual-schools-white-paper.pdf  See also commentary from Texas AFT Hotline:  http://texasaftblog.com/hotline/?p=2204

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

http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/realities-K-12-virtual-education

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

by Bruce Baker  http://nepc.colorado.edu/blog/misunderstanding-misrepresenting-costs


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