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Published: Friday, 28 September 2012
Portland in Maine

The Portland Press Herald, a daily broadsheet with a circulation of about 50,000 and serving the largest and principal commercial city in the state of Maine recently published a highly controversial report on motives behind publicly funded virtual schools in the state claiming that Maine's digital education agenda is being guided behind the scenes by out-of-state companies that stand to profit on the changes and stating that the online education companies that wish to operate Maine’s virtual schools divert precious public education dollars into profits and dividends while providing education of dubious quality.

Published: Friday, 28 September 2012
Report cover

Cracking The Credit Hour, a new report by Amy Laitinen for The New America Foundation, describes how the growth of online courses and the rise in ‘for profit’ colleges is adding to pressure on US colleges and universities to move away from the traditional ‘seat-time’ based model towards a competency based model. In a move supported by the federal government, some schools, colleges and universities have already migrated to a competency based model – something which is said to have been particularly to the benefit of adult learners.

Published: Friday, 23 March 2012
Front page of Education Week

Writing in Education Week, Ian Quillen reports on how the expansion of virtual education has been putting companies that provide e-learning services under the microscope. In his article which is largely based on experience in the US, Ian refers to recent studies suggesting declining achievement among full-time public virtual school students which don't always distinguish between publicly and privately run schools. Read the full article.

Published: Monday, 27 February 2012
Online Learning may become a requirement in US State of Georgia

Kristina Torres  writing in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week reported on a move in the US State of Georgia to make online learning a requirement for graduation in schools, despite objections from some lawmakers who said it chipped away at local control. She describes the new bill which starting next year would require school systems to allow all students access to online instruction from kindergarten to 12th grade. She goes on to describe how ninth-grade students starting in 2014 would have to take at least one online course before graduation, according to this new bill which would also require schools to give all end-of-course assessments online starting in 2015. Read the full article here.

Published: Monday, 14 November 2011
2011 Keeping Pace with Online K-12 Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice

A report by the Evergreen Education Group presented at the 2011 Virtual School Symposium hosted by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) makes for interesting reading. This report “2011 Keeping Pace with Online K-12 Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice,” provides an overview of the latest policies, practices, and trends affecting online learning programmes across all 50 states.

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