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Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month probation. “My recommendation is based primarily upon my concerns regarding the academic performance and governance of this virtual school, which has declined … 1

Two familiar faces join Virtual Academy at Greenfield board

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two familiar faces from Greenfield schools will serve on the board of the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. Two former Greenfield school committee members, John Lunt and Daryl Essensa, have been appointed to serve on the seven-member board. Lunt served as the chairman of the Greenfield School Committee … 0

Greenfield virtual school honors first-ever graduate

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — A competitive ice skater from Ludlow graduated from Greenfield’s virtual school last week, becoming the first student in Massachusetts to earn a high school degree from a public cyber school. The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School held a private ceremony for Juliette Zielinski, 18, last Friday in Westfield. … 0

Only 1 applicant for new Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual School

Monday, November 4, 2013

An educational collaborative that serves 50,000 students in towns west of Boston is now the only applicant in Massachusetts vying to open the state’s second virtual school. The Education Cooperative hopes to open the TEC Connections Academy (TECCA) Commonwealth Virtual School next fall. Like the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual … 0

Virtual school exec ready to chart independent course

Friday, October 25, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School board of trustees is preparing to run the school on its own, independent of Greenfield School Department administrators. The board has appointed Principal Carl Tillona to serve as the school’s first … 0

State rejects draft contract with K12; to be resent next month

Monday, September 23, 2013

GREENFIELD — The state has rejected a draft contract between the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School and curriculum provider K12 and asked the school to send in a new version by the middle of October. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) told the school’s board of … 0

‘Uncertainty’ hangs over virtual school contract delay

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is operating without a signed contract with curriculum provider K12 because state officials have not yet approved it — a delay the school’s officials call problematic. The school’s board of trustees agreed in principle in July to pay for-profit company K12 … 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