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Published: Friday, 16 August 2013
Virtual Schools in the US under pressure

A recent report in Education Week points to the difficulties faced by virtual schools in Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee who are are facing enrollment challenges and tough questions. In Florida for example,  the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the largest state-run virtual school district in the country, announced a big lay-off of staff affecting 177 full-time staff and 625 part-time instructors.

Published: Tuesday, 28 May 2013
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Based on over 190,000 responses from students, teachers and head teachers collected and analysed during the school year 2011-12, the Survey of Schools: ICT in Education provides detailed, up-to-date and reliable benchmarking of Information and Communication Technologies in school level education across Europe, painting a picture of educational technology in schools: from infrastructure provision to use, confidence and attitudes. Read more.

Published: Tuesday, 14 May 2013
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A recent study has found that more than eight in ten people involved in an EU-funded initiative aimed at encouraging innovative teaching methods and improved learning materials for children, say the scheme had a positive and lasting impact on them.The same proportion also state that it would have been impossible to achieve the same results without European support, according to a new study.The projects were funded through the EU's Comenius scheme, which supports a range of activities, from school partnerships to teacher training and the eTwinning school network. Read more.

Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013
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A recent report  on CTV News describes how virtual schooling in Alberta, Canada is facing funding difficuties. The specific organisation in question is the Alberta Distance Learning Centre which offers virtual classes but schools who offer these classes to their students have had their funding cut in half.An online petition has been created in the hope of prompting the province to reevaluate its funding cuts. Read more.  

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