Online students hold in person rally in Salem

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 8,500 Oregon students get their education online. It’s a growing trend with a student population that has doubled over the past 5 years.

Kids and parents rallied in Salem Wednesday for the support and continued funding of virtual public schools. Cost of the online charter schools are covered by the state.

State's first online technical education high school to be based in McFarland district

Leaders of a new online public charter high school in Wisconsin say its focus on career and technical education will help train students for high-paying jobs in fields that desperately need workers, such as construction.

Digital learning every day

Many grandparents of today's elementary school students remember their first digital device in the classroom: a hand-held calculator made by Texas Instruments in 1967. Over the past five decades, education technology has evolved at light speed, and today, students have access to a number of learning tools literally at their fingertips.

Virtual classroom is rewarding

It’s the beginning of a new year and I wanted to share why I am grateful to work with middle school students as a science teacher at INSPIRE Connections Academy. As a free online public school that serves students in grades K-12 across Idaho, my students log on to school each day eager to dive into their lessons. I am grateful for this opportunity, not only for the lessons I teach these students, but also for the lessons they teach me.


School Choice Advocates Urge President to Sign Every Student Succeeds Act

Today, and parents across the country praised the U.S. Senate for passing the Every Student Succeeds Act that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The conference report approved by the Senate today represents a compromise between the House-passed Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177). Last week, the House approved the bill’s conference report overwhelmingly.  The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

Learning, accelerated at 4-H Day

TANGENT — Evan Staton carefully placed his plastic car at the top of a thin foam ramp, molded clay driver at the wheel.

At a signal from his partner, 13-year-old Ahmed Moussaoui of Corvallis, the Albany 6-year-old let the car go. It rolled down the ramp and smacked into a toy wagon, sending the clay driver flying.

Closing the rural-urban eduction gap: Editorial Agenda 2015

At this point, there's nothing surprising about a report that shows a chasm in opportunity between residents in the Portland area and those in rural Oregon. But the annual data book produced by Children First for Oregon provides a bleak reminder of just how stark those differences are.


Local 5th grader enjoying online public charter school

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The new school year is coming up fast but for one local family the classroom is right inside their home.

5th grader Nathan Mullanix attends Oregon Connections Academy. He’s one of 4,000 students across the state enrolled in online public charter schools.

Family tips on transferring schools midyear

Salem Statesman Journal
By Marci Cammann

With the New Year approaching and, in many schools, a new semester starting soon, families may be considering other options for their child’s education such as transferring schools midyear. For some it might mean moving to a different brick-and-mortar school, for others private school, homeschooling or online public school.