State education agency to review online schools that get aid

  • Article by: SARAH LEMAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2011 - 10:53 PM

Commissioner Brenda Cassellius also said the department improperly released student data.

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jnkoJan. 29, 11 5:43 AM

"BlueSky, a charter school based in West St. Paul, has been under intense state scrutiny over allegations that it has issued diplomas to students who fell short of state graduation requirements" Well they issue diplomas to people who don't even go to school. What requirements are left?

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tcnorthstarJan. 29, 11 6:09 AM

online school you are kidding right

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murphydogJan. 29, 11 6:34 AM

Where, oh where could we possible cut costs?

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typingwordsJan. 29, 11 6:35 AM

I'm glad Minnesota has schools like this one. It's a challenging, new environment to work in, but the internet can serve young people in rural communities in a way that a traditional school is unable to if it doesn't have sound financial resources. Yes, face-to-face communication is better, but even that is coming to the internet. Don't run away from change. Learn about it.

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bassettt65Jan. 29, 11 7:41 AM

I hope the state looks into Mpls which receives (with state, federal and local money) more than $17,000 per student yet is a drop out factory.

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cheltyJan. 29, 11 8:14 AM

I see these online schools like the "alternative" schools in our communities- they are a cop-out for kids who don't want to fit into societal norms. School is tough, socially and academically. I can understand using online classes as a way to obtain classes not offered in the traditional setting, but not for everyday learning. Just because a girl gets pregnant or a boy can't have a smoke in the bathroom doesn't mean they should head to something other than a traditional school. Suck it up, life goes on with or without these kids' ability to fit in and accept responsibility for their actions. And yeah, I was one of those pregnant teenagers- it never occurred to me to do anything but go to school and graduate with my classmates. My "reward" is a great 17-year-old Senior looking forward to graduating high school and heading off to college.

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dachieftanJan. 29, 11 8:22 AM

Where's the crippling fine for the entity that broke state law by releasing data that they had no permission to release? I suppose there is no double standard there? Any resignations? Don't hold your breath! The state department of ed should be disbanded and the authority to educate and police education given to the local school board - the way the system was designed in the first place.

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mrkottahJan. 29, 11 8:56 AM

I work in a real school and have enrolled kids who "tried" online school. Most of them come back from their experience with no credits and way behind. The worst, by far, is Minnesota Virtual High School, located in Oklahoma. Shut them down and make the kids go to a real school.

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awshucksJan. 29, 11 9:48 AM

Online learning is growning in importance and has it's place, but is it a proper place for those who simply choose not to go to a real school, or who "can't get along" in a schol environment? I don't think so, especialy when the socialization that occurs in a school setting is so big of a part of learning to be an adult. Yes, school can be a tough place. But it's a reflection of what life will be like in the real world, and kids need all the practice they can get.

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ranger78Jan. 29, 1111:08 AM

Online may be fine for college. But put the whiney little teenagers butts in the desk chairs where they belong.

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