online education http://michiganradio.org en How effective are online classes for K-12 students in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-effective-are-online-classes-k-12-students-michigan <p></p> <p> Online learning. Make no mistake about it: It is here and it is growing.</p><p>The number of students taking online courses has grown 52% in the past three years. In the 2012-2013 school year, some 55,000 students in Michigan took a virtual course.</p><p>A new report from the Michigan Virtual University looks at virtual learning for K-12 students –who’s taking online classes, what kinds of classes and how effective the classes are.</p><p>The results are mixed.</p><p>Jamey Fitzpatrick is president and CEO of Michigan Virtual University, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:58:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 17237 at http://michiganradio.org How effective are online classes for K-12 students in Michigan? Should Michigan parents consider online charter schools? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-michigan-parents-consider-online-charter-schools <p>To parents who are seeking the best education for their children, it's a whole new world out there and it can be a confusing one. No longer is it an automatic choice to send your child to the public school in your neighborhood.</p><p>Today, there are charter schools. There are online classes. And, the subject of our discussion today: online K-12 charter schools.</p><p>Gary Miron is a professor of education at Western Michigan University. He recently co-authored a major <a href="http://nepc.colorado.edu/files/nepcrbk12miron.pdf">piece</a>, along with Jessica L. Urschel, for the National Education Policy Center. Its title: Understanding and Improving Full-time Virtual Schools---A Study of Student Characteristics, School Finance, and School Performance in Schools Operated by K12 Inc.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:30:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 14965 at http://michiganradio.org Should Michigan parents consider online charter schools? Ferndale LGBT center launches alternative high school http://michiganradio.org/post/ferndale-lgbt-center-launches-alternative-high-school <p>Affirmations, an LGBT community center in Ferndale, has launched an alternative high school program with the Michigan Educational Partnership.<br /><br />The program is geared toward students who have dropped out or are having a hard time in school, often due to harassment or bullying that is <a href="http://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/2011%20National%20School%20Climate%20Survey%20Full%20Report.pdf">common for LGBT students</a>.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:38:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14877 at http://michiganradio.org Ferndale LGBT center launches alternative high school