Public "Virtual" Schools

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MissyJ's picture
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Public "Virtual" Schools

A recent news story was highlighting various graduations taking place this weekend. Among those were public school students that were "virtual-schooled." While I had heard of virtual schools before, (primarily associated with homeschooling), I had no idea of just how much this option was growing within the public school system. I have no idea how updated this is but here is a basic List of virtual schools. This list does include some private ones but if you click or search further, many are publicly funded as either charter schools or in lieu of the typical public school system.

Debate questions:

1)What impact do you feel this will have on the public school system and the students?

2)Do you believe that this form of education will continue to grow? Why/why not?

3)If you support this form of education, what rate do you think that taxpayers should be charged? Many school systems are receiving the same rate from the gov't as a student enrolled in their brick and mortar options.

mom3girls's picture
Joined: 01/09/07
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)What impact do you feel this will have on the public school system and the students?

I hope that it give opportunities to kids that dont learn well in a traditional school setting. I do not know if it would work for any of my children, but if the current private school they are at comes to a point that we would need to live I would try that before sending them back to a school classroom

2)Do you believe that this form of education will continue to grow? Why/why not?

I absolutely think it will continue to grow. Parents are looking for options that are more conducive for their family needs. I also believe that giving kids more options will improve our schools, lessening the number of kids in the classroom and possibly opening more time for teachers to spend with kids that need that one on one

3)If you support this form of education, what rate do you think that taxpayers should be charged? Many school systems are receiving the same rate from the gov't as a student enrolled in their brick and mortar options. I do not believe this should cost the same as traditional class. One of the big benefits is the ability to use less resources like buses.

My current principal has a 15yr old DD. She never did great in school, was not bad just very average. She got Mono in Sept and they decided to switch her to online school so she wouldnt fall behind. It has been great for her! She has raised her GPA, got into some AP classes and now she has decided to go to college. She just has a learning style that is very well suited to online learning.

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Joined: 07/29/08
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I think it is good for some circumstances, for kids with health problems or for kids that fall behind and need to catch up with summer courses or something. The charter school my kids go to doesn't offer summer courses, so if a child fails a course and has to take a summer course to catch up they have a choice of taking it at the local public school or taking an online course.

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Joined: 08/22/06
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As a homeschooler, it is not what I personally want to use for my children, but I think it is great to have options. For example, a student at DH's school has a back injury and has been out of school for months. This would be a great option for students like that. It is also an option for students who are kicked out of school or want to homeschool, but are not comfortable using their own curriculum.