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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

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

Virtual board’s 1st meeting tonight

Monday, July 8, 2013

Note: Tonight’s meeting has been canceled. The board will meet next Monday. More in Wednesday’s Recorder. GREENFIELD — The five-member board that will run Greenfield’s cyber school from now on will meet officially for the first time tonight at 6 at the Greenfield School Department’s administrative offices on … 0

Virtual school board treading lightly with K12

Friday, June 28, 2013

GREENFIELD — With Greenfield’s virtual school under new leadership come Monday, a five-member board of trustees will call the shots instead of the Greenfield School Committee. So, what does that mean for its future with for-profit education provider K12? At least initially, the cyber school will continue contracting … 0

K12 faces plenty of criticism

Friday, June 28, 2013

GREENFIELD — Cyber school contractor, for-profit K12, has faced its fair share of recent criticism in other states from politicians, media outlets and its own investors. In states outside of Massachusetts, the company sometimes handles all aspects of virtual schools and teaches thousands, even tens of thousands, of … 0

Virtual school gets final state approval

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

GREENFIELD — A state education board voted 9-1 Tuesday morning to allow Greenfield to run the state’s first Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual School for at least three years — officially ending six months of uncertainty about the town’s cyber school future. The Greenfield-based public virtual school will use … 0

State puts conditions on virtual school

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

GREENFIELD — State officials have classified Greenfield’s cyber school application as “weak,” but will recommend the town be allowed to host a new state-authorized virtual school for the next three years. But local virtual school leaders must send the state three documents for approval in the coming months: … 0

State will back Greenfield’s virtual school

Monday, June 17, 2013

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s quest to secure Massachusetts’ first state-authorized virtual school certificate will have the backing of a recommendation by the state education commissioner, an education official said Monday. But Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s memo — which will be sent early this week to members of the Board of … 1

Virtual School meeting with state Thursday

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

GREENFIELD — Greenfield school officials have now cleared all local hurdles in their quest for a cyber school to continue in town next year. But the school department’s virtual school proposal — to transform its 3-year-old cyber innovation school into an independent state-authorized virtual school, as required by … 0

School board chooses virtual school’s trustees

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee’s selection of the five trustees who will lead the town’s cyber school after July 1 was made easier when two of the finalists dropped out hours before Tuesday’s meeting. With only five finalists to fill as many slots, the School Committee appointed … 0