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Toy drive nets more than 20,000 toys donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Originally published on WBNS TV – December 15, 2019 COLUMBUS, Ohio — A truckload of joy made its way to Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Sunday. An annual tradition was back to make a big splash and set a record. It’s also sure to make the holiday season a bit brighter for hundreds of young patients. Boxes […]

A new facility for Passport Academy

Originally published in the Pittsburgh Courier – December 4, 2019 Passport Academy Charter School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new facilities at 1835 Centre Ave. in the Hill District, Nov. 7. Mayor Bill Peduto was on hand, along with principal Jeff “Bo” Jackson and Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle. Passport Academy serves students between ages […]

Wyoming Virtual Academy

Originally aired on Wyoming News Now – September 21, 2019 As local schools began in early September, so did Wyoming Virtual Academy. The online program began in 2008 and has grown to 600 students today. WyVA offers classes from elementary level to college credit courses. “I just think it’s a really good option for a […]

Virtual school offers students the opportunity to learn from home

Originally aired on Channel 7 News (WSAW-TV) – September 4, 2019 WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – The Wisconsin Virtual Academy and Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin are two options for students who need to break out of the traditional classroom setting. Students are able attend school from any place that has internet. The K-12 program is free […]

Career readiness is key to our prosperity

Originally published in The LNP – August 31, 2019 Collectively, Americans have racked up $1.6 trillion in student debt — and Pennsylvanians, on average, carry more than any other state. According to Peterson’s financial aid survey, 2017 graduates of a Pennsylvania postsecondary school have an average $36,193 in student loan debt, well above the national […]

The Christal Frost Show: Rick Ocharzak, Career Readiness Education

Originally aired on WTCM-AM, The Christal Frost Show. Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy teacher Patrick Ocharzak shares the importance of college and career readiness, in highschool. MGLVA ensure each student gets the necessary technical experience for their future careers. Listen and learn from Mr. Ocharzak on The Christal Frost Show. To learn more about Michigan […]

Tallo’ changes the future of education for ‘Generation Z’

Originally aired on ABC News 4. MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — An app started right here in the Lowcountry is changing the way students and young professionals are connecting with their future. The company and app are called “Tallo,” and it’s based in Mount Pleasant. The co-founder, Casey Welch, started Tallo after witnessing too many people […]

Letter to the editor: Maine Virtual Academy has improved since release of critical report

Originally published in The Portland Press Herald. A student’s success there shows why online charter schools are such an important option.Share An Aug. 11 article in the Portland Press Herald, “Struggling Maine Virtual Academy looks to renew charter for online education,” cites a third-party report critical of the school. While this report did reflect some […]

Opinion: Why SC must produce career-ready, critical-thinking students

Originally published in Greenville News – June 1, 2019 In his 2019 State of the State speech, Gov. Henry McMaster called South Carolina “red hot,” and reiterated the need for more skilled workers to fill open positions. The solution to this problem starts in the classroom, where we should be focusing on teaching students the […]