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March 16, 2017

Research Review: Which Blended-Learning Software Actually Works?

The Regional Education Laboratory Central reviewed studies of 14 online and blended-learning programs used to differentiate instruction.

March 07, 2017

Ohio's E-School Attendance Dispute: Q&A With the Columbus Dispatch

Bill Bush and Jim Siegel of the Columbus Dispatch talk about covering the accountability concerns swirling around full-time online charters in Ohio.

February 16, 2017

Online Charter Students in Ohio Perform Far Worse Than Peers, Study Finds

A new NYU/RAND study found that Ohio e-schools tend to attract low-performing white students, who often fall quickly behind students in regular schools.

February 01, 2017

Betsy DeVos Used Cherry-Picked Graduation Rates for Cyber Charters

In written responses to a key Democratic senator, the nominee for education secretary used those figures to argue that full-time online charter schools are a valuable option for families.

January 06, 2017

Virginia Gov. Seeks to Require All Schools to Offer Full-Time Online Education

If Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposal is approved, Virginia would join Florida as the only states mandating that schools offer students a full-time virtual education option.

November 04, 2016

Promise to Problems: 15 Years of Ed Week Coverage of Cyber Charter Schools

From troubling research to policy trends to videos for the PBS News Hour, Education Week has been exploring the world of cyber charter schools for 15 years.

November 03, 2016

Connections Education: A Defense of Cyber Charters

As part of an 8-month investigation of cyber charter schools, Education Week spoke extensively with senior officials from Connections Education, focusing on the company's response to sector-wide challenges with student engagement.

October 06, 2016

9 Ohio Cybers Could Be Forced to Repay More than $80M After Attendance Audits

Audits of student login and software-usage records at nine Ohio cyber charters found the schools could not justify the full-time attendance of thousands of students.

September 27, 2016

Ohio Cyber Charter Dramatically Inflated Attendance, State Audit Finds

Attendance and login records show that Ohio's Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow was paid for 9,000 students more than it should have been, according to a state audit.

September 07, 2016

Special Education Rules Apply to Virtual Schools Too, Ed. Department Says

Virtual schools are subject to the same federal special education mandates on issues such as testing and student identification, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

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