Oped: Virtual Schools

By Julie Young For two years running, Bloomberg's State Innovation Index has hailed Massachusetts as the country's most innovative state economy. Looking at such metrics as R&D; concentration of science, technology, engineering, and math employment; and numbers of science degrees, it's no wonder that the commonwealth placed first. But it's not just postsecondary education that...
There are three proven ways to reduce dropout rates that address this problem: regional vocational-technical schools, digital learning, and a serious refocusing on academic learning.
http://www.lowellsun.com/editorials/ci_19734981 From working to shopping and paying our bills, the Internet seems to have  transformed virtually every aspect of modern life. Now it's changing the way we  educate our children. Thirty states plus the District of Columbia have full-time online schools.  And while those schools only educate about 200,000 students nationwide, that  number is growing...
http://boston.com/community/blogs/rock_the_schoolhouse/2011/12/tough_times_on_virtual_learnin.html Back at the start of December, I blogged on the need for both an open door to online learning and also a greater focus on accountability for those who would operate in that space. Understanding the quality of the choices in the marketplace will have to be informed by more than giddy passion about...