virtual schools http://kut.org en Should Texas Embrace Virtual Schools? http://kut.org/post/should-texas-embrace-virtual-schools <p>The Texas Senate Education Committee is<a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/schedules/html/C5302012100809001.HTM" target="_blank"> holding a hearing</a>&nbsp;to address virtual education and its growing use in Texas. Committee members will hear testimony on virtual education and recommendations to improve programs that are underperforming.&nbsp;</p><p>Texas offers both supplemental and full-time virtual education. Students in supplemental programs take online courses in addition to attending traditional face-to-face classes. Those enrolled in virtual schools full-time get all of their instruction online and don’t receive any classroom instruction.</p><p>The number of students enrolled in virtual schools in Texas is growing rapidly. Raise Your Hand Texas, an education policy non-profit, <a href="http://www.raiseyourhandtexas.org/blog/infographic/accountability-and-virtual-schools-how-do-they-measure-up-annually/#.UHK83Y7JLx4" target="_blank">reports that enrollment in virtual education programs</a> grew 97 percent in the past six years. In the 2010-2011 academic year, 17,000 Texas students were enrolled in supplemental online courses.&nbsp; Last school year, 6,000 students were enrolled in full-time virtual programs.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 16:56:12 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5267 at http://kut.org Should Texas Embrace Virtual Schools?