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Concern About Lawrence Charter Virtual Schools

Associated Press - August 12, 2013 10:51 am

Lawrence school district officials say they are concerned about the educational success of students enrolled in the city’s two virtual schools.

About 1,500 of the district’s students work from home through the two charter schools, which have nearly doubled enrollment in five years.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports state assessment data show half of the students tested at Lawrence Virtual High School in 2012 did not meet state standards in math, and 18.5 percent failed to meet state standards in reading. Math scores were also substantially lower at Lawrence Virtual School, which serves grades K-8, although reading scores are closer to the norm.

Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll says the district is dissatisfied with the results and will look at ways to improve the schools’ performances.

Larry Jackson

August 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I think you folks should do some more investigateing, there must be a reason why the parents are sending their kids to these schools.

Jaleah Morgan

August 13, 2013 at 4:58 am

We are using Lawrence Virtual School for the second year now. I compared the test scores to the Salina schools we would be using vs. the LVS scores. It was a draw. Some years LVS was better, others it was the Salina school. I did not compare LVHS because we probably won’t be using the program at that point. I know many of the students that opted for a virtual school are doing so because whatever local school district they are in is failing to meet the child’s needs. So they come into the program already behind…and hence the low test scores. LVS also has a fair number of students with chronic illnesses and life threatening illnesses who just can not go to a brick and mortar school anymore. It will be the students with special circumstances that will bring test scores down…and rightfully so. The curriculum itself, at least for the lower grades, is very challenging and I’m left scratching my head IRT low test score for children without the special circumstances.

Red Neck

August 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

They need to get rid of home schooling and charter schools completely. They then need to go in and clean up school boards and school staff. The superintendents in our state make more money than many should be making as they are not qualified for the job. They should be required to meet special standards set up by the state or government so they can be certified to be considered for the job. Many have no idea how to effectively run a school system. The schools are letting kids bring in cell phones plus are letting them use computers freely and all these are is electronic cheat sheets. How can you expect kids to learn anything. Home schooling is the biggest farse and should not be allowed only is special circumstances. The people elected to school boards generally have no knowledge of what is going on many run to be elected while their kids are in school then take off once their kids are gone. Salina like many other districts do not have a handle on how monies are being spent and the numerous positions being paid for that should be cut.

Red Neck

August 13, 2013 at 8:51 am

Just reading the other story and comments in another article where the Salina superindent has a mask and making light of things is very inappropriate and look at what they are paying him. Now the board wants $111 million to fix schools that money was set aside for previously to maintain them which evidently they were never maintained or fixed properly if at all. The school board and superintendent need to be held more accountable.

Jaleah Morgan

August 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

Mr./Ms. Red Neck….I suggest you do your homework on home based education. Homeschooled students as a general whole fair better than students in brick and mortar schools. There is a reason why many of us choose home based educational options for our children….some of these reasons are ones you have already stated in your comment.

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