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Re: “State board denies virtual charter's expansion

As a parent of the Virtual School it is very evident that those who have posted do not have a clear understanding about our school; nor have they tried to research our school. We DO HAVE SPECIAL EDUCATION. Not only do we have teachers to TEACH our students they are not teachers fresh out of college. They have YEARS of EXPERIENCE. They are allowed to do their job without a host of distractions. Although our school is funded by the state there are taxes that other schools receive that we do not for example personal property and real estate taxes; which is why AAA is required by law to allow our students to participate in extracurricular activities in the school district their parents live- so no football doesn't suffer because our students are allowed to play in the district of their residence.

As far as administrative costs are concerned, yes there are costs we don't have like the buses, or a physical library; but we have expenses that other schools do not have. Our students have available to them subscriptions that are very expensive such as Odyssey, Headsprout, IXL Math, and Study Island to ENHANCE their learning. There is also Eluminate in order for the TEACHERS to have access to their students in a "virtual classroom".

Our school is FAR from homeschool. In fact, most homeschool families withdraw because our accountability is so much higher than homeschooling and Brick and Mortar schools so saying that the state is funding homeschools is absolutely FALSE. We have to log our hours in school. When our students are sick they can't just get a note for the day. They have to make up those hours- whether it be a Saturday or a summer...the hours must be attended.

Homeschooling is not something that is best for every family, and it isn't for us. Brick and Mortar schools is not best for every family because some families NEED a little more scheduling flexibility, or simply a different teaching style which is my family. If my children went to a Brick and Mortar school then they would be forced in a school with scores much lower than the virtual academy.

I am thankful that my children are able to attend ARVA. However, I feel sorry for the families that have been on the waiting list for 3 or more years. My child went to a Brick and Mortar school for 2 years as we waited to have a spot, and that was the worst 2 years of his life.

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Posted by Parent on 06/13/2011 at 11:05 PM


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