Georgia House Passes Digital Learning Bill, 125 – 38

By Mike Klein Georgia’s current sixth graders will start high school with more digital learning options.  Monday the House passed Senate legislation to expand those resources and prohibit local systems from blocking students who want to take online courses.  The bill passed 125 – 38.  Georgia Virtual School would manage the expansion and emerge with a more ambitious footprint.  Having already passed the Senate, the bill is now ready for Governor Nathan Deal’s consideration. Senate Bill 289 stipulates that expanded digital learning options in high schools would start to become … Continue Reading →

Taking Shackles off Georgia’s Digital Learning Virtual School

By Mike Klein Georgia legislators have begun to remove shackles that prevented the Georgia Virtual School from achieving its vast potential to help connect students with digital learning.  Two bills would fix a flawed funding model, prohibit schools from blocking students who want to enroll in GAVS courses, and create an expanded clearinghouse of courses available statewide. Legislation (SB 289) to fix the funding formula and significantly expand student access to digital learning has passed the Senate and this week it received unanimous voice vote approval in a House education … Continue Reading →

Georgian Nominated for National Online Teacher of the Year

Congratulations!  Georgia Virtual School science department chair Asherrie Yisrael has been selected as a finalist for National Online Teacher of the Year.  The award has two sponsor organizations: the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Yisrael was named  2010 – 2011 Georgia Virtual School Teacher of the Year.  Her specialties are advanced placement physics, forensic science and physical science.  Georgia Virtual School (GAVS) is the state Department of Education online learning program resource.   It has about 10,000 students who select online courses … Continue Reading →