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Virtual School

Greenfield schools’ involvement in virtual school nearing end

Monday, March 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — By month’s end, the Greenfield School Department will no longer be involved with the virtual school it helped create four years ago. After three years of running the school and eight months of serving as hired administration, the school department will spend March closing out its accounts with the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, according to an agreement reached Friday night. Representatives from the Greenfield School Committee and the … 0

Virtual school and Greenfield schools consider 30-day transitional agreement

Friday, February 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is moving out on its own, and officials will work out an exit plan with the School Committee Thursday. Greenfield Public Schools has provided the Virtual School with administrative support since the Virtual School became autonomous last July. Compensation for services was outlined in a memorandum of understanding, which expired today after … 0

Greenfield school board to talk virtual school, superintendent transition

Thursday, February 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has called a special meeting tonight to consider what administrative services to sell to the town’s independent cyber school and to discuss plans for its superintendent transition. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the town’s municipal offices at 20 Sanderson St. Virtual school Ever since the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School became autonomous last July, … 0

Greenfield virtual school starts new year

Monday, September 2, 2013

GREENFIELD — While six potential applicant groups across the state continue to pull together their future cyber school plans, Massachusetts’ first and only state-authorized virtual school began another school year last week in Greenfield. The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is now in its fourth … 0

Some cyber school applicants more of a threat to Greenfield

Monday, September 2, 2013

Six groups, including two from western Massachusetts, met a state deadline earlier this month to seek permission to open virtual schools that could compete with Greenfield’s pioneering virtual school. The plans the groups provided to the state — with details that could change when it comes time to … 0

More learned about virtual school applicants

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Children’s Study Home, a Springfield nonprofit organization that mainly serves at-risk children in the Pioneer Valley and Cape Cod, is vying for a virtual school certificate this fall. The Mill Pond Commonwealth Virtual School “would serve children from the Springfield Public School District as well as surrounding … 0

Could be local competition for cyber school

Friday, August 16, 2013

Correction: The Children’s Study Home, a Springfield-based organization that manages the special education Mill Pond School, was one of six to send a letter of intent to the state to apply for a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools. Applications are due this fall.  The other potential applicant from … 0

Letter: Drugs, schools no joke

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In a recent letter, Mr. Wesley Blixt compared online learning provider, K12 Inc. — and by extension, K12’s teachers and school leaders — to drug addicts. It was a disgusting analogy. Drug addiction is nothing to joke about. Too many children today use illegal drugs. Some kids turn … 0

Editorial: Virtual school

Monday, August 12, 2013

The relationship between Greenfield School Department and K-12 Inc., the for-profit company that provides curriculum services for the virtual school, remains in many ways a grand experiment. This is despite the fact that the two have partnered to provide online education for Massachusetts residents since 2009 — what … 0

Letter: K12 bad for us

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

K12 Inc., our for-profit vendor for online educational services, is a lot like heroin. They both cost dearly, at the same time they both make you sick and stupid. They both leave you needing more. They both undermine the soul of the community, at the same time they … 2

Greenfield residents join virtual school board

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

GREENFIELD — Two former Greenfield School Committee members are poised to join the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School’s board of trustees, pending state approval. The trustees voted 4-0 Monday to appoint Greenfield residents Doris Doyle and Jeffrey Hampton to the board, to two- and three-year terms, respectively. The five-member … 0

Martin: Contracting with virtual school a good test

Friday, August 2, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department’s ability this year to manage its own schools and the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School will serve as a test case for whether the department could pursue similar business relationships with other neighboring school districts, according to Mayor William Martin. The virtual school, … 0

Virtual school makes contract with K12

Thursday, August 1, 2013

GREENFIELD — Virginia-based education company K12 will provide curriculum services for the newly independent Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School for at least the next two school years. Ed Berlin, chairman of the virtual school’s board of trustees, said that the parties have agreed to a draft contract, which was … 0

Board OKs contract with virtual school

Thursday, July 25, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department will provide administrative services for the independent Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School this coming year and will receive just under $500 per student. The 3-year-old cyber school, which uses the Internet to teach students across the state, recently switched from being a Greenfield … 0

Virtual school board votes to add two new members

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

GREENFIELD — The new five-member Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School board of trustees voted to expand by two members at its nearly five-hour kick-off meeting Monday. Board Chairman Edward Berlin said the positions are open to anyone. The board hopes to appoint the new members as soon as possible, … 0