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Marple Newtown offers online courses
Leslie Krowchenko,
August 27, 2013

Sitting in the classroom won’t be the only way to take a course this year at Marple Newtown High School.

Partnering with Bridges Virtual Education Services, the district will be the first in Delaware County to present online courses through the Bridges Consortium. Students may register for a maximum of two credits or two courses each semester, choosing among 38 offerings in English, math, science, social studies, world languages, health, art and applied arts.

“This is a whole new way of teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Merle Horowitz. “It is not meant to take the place of the classroom but to augment it.”  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Allentown Schools want to revamp online offerings
Adam Clark,
August 9, 2013

Allentown School District hopes to expand its online course offerings by the middle of the upcoming school year and eventually allow students to take a mix of traditional and online classes while still earning a district diploma.

Only 12 students are enrolled in the district's full-time cyber academy, which uses courses provided by Virtual Learning Network. Meanwhile, about 350 students have enrolled in cyber charter schools, according to a presentation at Thursday's education committee meeting.

The district has to pay the cyber charters for those students, who cost an estimated $2.8 million last year, and it hopes to lure them back with the promise of online courses taught by Allentown teachers and the opportunity to mix cyber courses with traditional classes.  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

New Hope-Solebury to add cybercharter school
Freda R. Savana,
June 7, 2013

Cyber charter schools, which educate students online, are growing in popularity and drawing ever more money away from school districts.
The New Hope-Solebury School District wants to embrace the educational trend and reverse the money drain.

At a recent school board meeting, officials approved a $39,250, two-year deal with Bridges Virtual Education Services. The program, developed with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Quakertown School District, is designed to help districts build their own virtual programs. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Kutztown School Board reviews ways to improve Virtual Academy
Lisa Mitchell,
August 21, 2012

The School Board unanimously approved an agreement with Bridges Virtual Educational Services Monday night. Board members Patricia Bealer and Craig Schroeder were absent. There will be another agreement with Bridges involving the teachers’ association expected to be reviewed in September.  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Nazareth Area School District to launch cyber academy

Christina Gallagher,
June 1, 2012

The district will launch a cyber academy in the fall in an effort to lure back students who left to enroll in cyber charter schools.  About 80 students have forgone Nazareth's traditional brick-and-mortar classes for alternative online learning, resulting in the loss of state aid, Superintendent Victor Lesky said. For each student who leaves, the district loses about $8,900. The cyber academy will cost the district about $4,500 for every student enrolled, Lesky said. But the district is expected to rack up savings with the return of state aid for those students, he said.  The district is partnering with Bridges Virtual Education Services, a collaboration between Bucks County Intermediate Unit and the Quakertown Community School District, to prepare the online courses, which will be taught by Quakertown teachers.  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Boyertown lays foundation for cyberschool
Kate Wilcox,
March 28, 2012

The Boyertown School Board approved a contract with Bridges Virtual Education Services to begin work on a charter school for the 2012-13 school year.  The district will partner with Bridges, a joint project of the Quakertown School District in Bucks County and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, to provide virtual course offerings and program consulting services from next month to June 2013 for $32,200 plus secondary student enrollment and licensing fees.  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

District may start its own cyber school
Kate Wilcox,
March 14, 2012

At the March 27 school board meeting, members will be asked to vote on an agreement with Bridges, a partnership between the Quakertown School District and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, as well as a memorandum of understanding with the Boyertown Area Educators Association.  [Assistant Superintendent] Beerer told the board that the district could save between $86,000 and $118,000 if 20 students are brought back from online schools to Boyertown's cyberschool.  The second phase of this plan would be to develop hybrid cybercourses for Boyertown students in grades 10 trough 12.  That portion will also begin in August.  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Plans for online school at Boyertown advance
Kate Wilcox,
March 2, 2012

Board members in the finance committee Thursday night heard from Chris Harrington of Bridges Virtual Education Services, a joint project of the Quakertown School District in Bucks County and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.  Harrington explained what services Bridges offers for districts looking to open cyberschools and draw students back to the district from cybercharter schools. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Interboro looks to stave off tax increase, possible cyber school
Paul Luce,
March 1, 2012

The district is considering a partnership with four cyber school companies, including... Bucks County-based Bridges Virtual Education Services.  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE 

Bright Spots Shine in Online Blended Learning
Michael Horn,
February 29, 2012

Quakertown Community School District (QCS) is a traditional school district in Pennsylvania that has embraced the power of online learning to create a “self-blend” learning environment for students. All students in grades 6 through 12 have the option to take one or more online courses, and district teachers teach all the courses with the exception of those, like Mandarin, where there is no certified teacher available within the district... READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

District To Explore Virtual Learning For High School Students
Kara Seymour,
February 16, 2012

Council Rock is taking the first of several “baby steps” to introduce virtual learning to its high school students. According to Barry Desko, Council Rock's director of secondary education, the district has formed a partnership with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit to begin exploring options for online learning.  Desko, along with other teachers and educators, on Tuesday offered a presentation about the effort to the Council Rock School Board.  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Quakertown schools expanding online courses
Melinda Rizzo,
February 13, 2012

Chris Harrington, Quakertown technology director, has been on district leave and is assigned to develop the Bridges Virtual program with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. The Bridges Virtual program is aimed at helping other districts design their own cyber-education programs, or join a consortium to share cyber-education resources. "This is moving fast, and we have high expectations for this program," Harrington said. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Quakertown honored for being cyber education innovators
Hilary Bentman,
November 11, 2011

The Quakertown School District has been lauded for being a leader in cyber education.  Earlier this week, the Upper Bucks district won the Innovative Online Learning Practice Award from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.  District representatives accepted the award at a conference in Indianapolis.  “It was really an honor for us to win this award,” said Superintendent Lisa Andrejko at Thursday’s school board meeting. “I couldn’t be more proud. Our teachers have embraced this new way of doing things.”   The Innovative Online Learning Practice Award, according to the association’s website, is awarded to a school, team, or organization whose “innovation results in a ‘break the mold’ practice or policy that has not been routinely implemented across the K-12 online learning industry and serves as a model for other online educators and programs.”  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE