District gives OK for online charter school

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Online High School is proposed by a firm affiliated with the University of Phoenix. The school is set to start in August. The school missed the district’s November deadline to submit a charter petition, but the board in early May voted 3-2 to change the district’s charter-school policy to allow consideration of late applications under “special circumstances.” Trustee Al Beattie said the charter school will give certain students another educational option and that students will have to comply with all of the district’s graduation requirements, including completing a senior project. “I think this is an opportunity to provide a choice for students in the valley that are currently not participating in the conventional school system,” Beattie said. “There are a number of students who are in some form of home study, possibly supported by a charter school but not one overseen by our district.” Had the district not approved the charter school, Beattie said, it would have been approved by another district with the potential of taking away Antelope Valley students. LANCASTER – Overruling opposition from teachers, Antelope Valley Union High School District trustees have approved an online charter school. The 3-2 vote came on the condition that a suitable memorandum of understanding is developed that will detail how the school will be operated, trustees said. “If the MOU does not hold up, then the board can vote to revoke the approval,” said trustee Ira Simonds, who along with trustee Donita Winn, voted against the charter petition. The split vote came during a special meeting Wednesday, a week after a public hearing in which teachers voiced their opposition to the school. Simonds, a retired district teacher, said he voted against the school because he didn’t feel it would provide a quality education. “Students need to have that one-on-one (teacher connection),” Simonds said. He also noted that the charter school was up against a state deadline Wednesday to qualify for advanced funding from the state. “We voted so they could get state funding,” Simonds said. Winn said going to a regular high school, with its socialization and students working in groups, is part of a complete education. “There are things you get when you learn with other people,” Winn said. “We need to be teaching kids morals and ethics. How do you do that online? I do not feel it’s a full education process.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NO EVIDENCE FOR HARSH WINTER – INSISTS MET EIREANN

first_imgMET Eireann today hit out at long term forecasts for a harsh winter – insisting they are not accurate…because they can’t be.Forecaster Pat Clarke urged people to “keep a sense of perspective” when reporting the weather.“We have seen a number of articles predicting extreme weather for October but none of those have come to pass. We would urge the public to concentrate on the short range weather reports which are most accurate. October has been a mild month and despite the wet weather Ulster has experienced exceptionally mild weather,” he said. Mr Clarke insisted: “Despite this, articles forewarning of Arctic conditions have proved wide of the mark. While these may be on the way they cannot be predicted accurately so no one can say for sure.”A number of online weather sites – based mainly in the UK – have predicted heavy snow.So there you have it folks…..we MIGHT get harsh winter – and then again, we MIGHT not!Time will tell….. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comNO EVIDENCE FOR HARSH WINTER – INSISTS MET EIREANN was last modified: October 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal no showdonegal no snow!donegal snowdonegal weatherMet Eireannlast_img read more