Virtual School

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

Real chance for virtual school

Thursday, March 14, 2013

GREENFIELD — Exactly two weeks after the Greenfield School Committee chose to stop hosting a virtual school, new information from the state has compelled some members to reverse their decision. At a full committee meeting next week, the district’s innovation subcommittee will recommend that Greenfield continue operating a … 0

Will virtual school survive?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GREENFIELD — There may be a virtual school in Greenfield this fall after all. The district’s innovation subcommittee spent nearly two hours Wednesday discussing managerial, legal and financial questions about how to shape a theoretical proposal for a new state-run cyber school — which uses the Internet to … 0

Pressure on to keep virtual school

Monday, March 11, 2013

GREENFIELD — Local legislators said Monday that Greenfield could operate a state-run virtual school for one year — a temporary fix that would ensure that 470 students across the state would have a cyber school to attend next fall. Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, … 0

Families fighting to save virtual school

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

GREENFIELD — Through emails, Facebook posts and newspaper headlines, the message traveled fast but took longer to sink in for Massachusetts parents — who learned late last week that the cyber school their children attend would close its … 0

Virtual school blinks out

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A four-year educational arrangement in the Greenfield Public Schools is slated to come to an end in June. The running of a virtual school in what was a public-private partnership was at best a noble experiment and at worst an effort that all of the best intentions on … 0

State disappointed in Greenfield’s axing virtual school

Saturday, March 2, 2013

GREENFIELD — State officials were surprised and disappointed Friday by the Greenfield School Committee’s decision to not submit an application to continue operating a cyber school. A law passed in January gave the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education control over any future virtual schools — public … 0

Greenfield’s virtual school to close June 30

Thursday, February 28, 2013

GREENFIELD — Nearly four years after the Greenfield School Committee voted to open the state’s first public virtual school, that same committee decided Thursday to shut it down. In a 7-0 unanimous vote, the committee voted to not submit an application to become the state’s first “commonwealth virtual … 2

Tonight’s vote could kill virtual school

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

For three years, Greenfield’s Massachusetts Virtual Academy has used the Internet to teach nearly 500 Massachusetts students who, for a variety of reasons, felt they could not attend brick-and-mortar schools. But now, in the wake of newly enacted legislation that gives the state control over cyber schools, it … 0

Greenfield must apply  to keep virtual school

Thursday, February 14, 2013

GREENFIELD — The clock is now ticking. If Greenfield wants to continue its virtual school this fall, it must submit an application to the state by March 25. Because of a new law passed last month, any Massachusetts … 0

State’s virtual school law now in effect

Thursday, January 3, 2013

GREENFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law Thursday a bill that will give the state increased control over public online schools — setting the stage for a major decision in Greenfield as school officials ponder the district’s … 0

State to OK virtual schools

Thursday, December 27, 2012

GREENFIELD — A bill that would give the state increased control over public online schools — including Greenfield’s Massachusetts Virtual Academy — is on its way to Gov. Deval Patrick for review after state legislators approved it this … 0

Board amends virtual school contract

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee voted Tuesday night to clarify its agreement and amend its three-year contract with K12 — a Virginia-based online company that provides teachers, curriculum, online learning tools and physical course materials for Greenfield’s Massachusetts Virtual Academy. The contract amendments are all agreements that … 0