Sunday in church, a woman told me about a new program her son is participating in. This program has been going for awhile and is affiliated with about 12 different regional service centers in the state of Texas. I have to wonder how I managed to not know about it until someone outside of education told me!
Anyway, it is the Texas Virtual School (TVS). This is an alternative which is affiliated with the public school system. Students can take core classes, AP classes, foreign languages, and driver’s ed — all from the comfort of their home. I see this as an excellent option for those seeking credit retrieval, early graduation, or who are from rural school districts who cannot offer the rigorous AP courses. Post a comment here if you have had any experience with the virtual school — do you teach a class? have you known students who’ve attended? I’m really curious about whether this could be a way to cushion the impact of the new 4×4. Give me your thoughts!