Featured Articles

Emmanuel Franklin_WDIV

He was wheelchair-bound for 8 years and struggled in school. Then, he walked at graduation

Originally aired on WDIV-TV – June 14, 2019  He was wheelchair-bound for years, suffering from what doctors thought was an autoimmune disease, but on Friday Emmanuel Franklin walked across the graduation stage. After years of feeling restricted to a wheelchair, the 17-year-old enrolled in an online charter school, and the decision gave him the freedom to […]

Madeline Mae_ALVA

Wetumpka musical prodigy going on tour

Originally aired on WSFA-TV – June 16, 2019 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Some would call Wetumpka native Madeline Mae a musical prodigy. Mae started playing the guitar at the age of ten. “My father taught me three cords and then from there on I just sort of learned it through the internet, actually,” Mae said. […]


Redford high school grad: Under chronic pain, ‘just keep going’

Originally published in The Detroit News – June 14, 2019  The pain is constant and so bad it used to keep Emmanuel Franklin in bed. Even several years after the onset of his neuroimmune disease, the pain is unrelenting. In that time, Franklin, 17, has gone from his bed to a wheelchair to a walker. […]

LTE feature photo

The impact of school choice

Originally published in Sonoran News – June 13, 2019 The ease of having a conversation is something we take for granted.  For those with autism, this seemingly simple act can be a challenge. My daughter Olga experienced this in her brick-and-mortar classroom. The environment was overwhelming and caused her to crawl into a shell and […]

TVAH Graduation 2019

Bobcats everywhere: Hallsville ISD virtual school graduates students across state

Originally published in the Longview News-Journal – June 16, 2019 Bobcat Stadium was not the only site for a Hallsville ISD graduation this year. The Texas Virtual Academy at Hallsville graduated 308 seniors from across the state June 7 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. In August, Hallsville ISD opened the Texas Virtual […]


Classmates meet for first time at virtual high school graduation

  Originally published by ABC 11 News – June 12, 2019 Wednesday’s graduation ceremony for the North Carolina Virtual Academy featured many staples you’d find at any school: diplomas, a walk across the stage, the ceremonial moving of the tassels. But this featured one key difference: it was the first time many of the graduates and […]


Virtual Education: Classmates meet for the first time … at graduation

Originally published by CBS 8 News – June 12, 2019  Imagine never meeting your classmates until graduation day. It happened for a group of local students this week. Among them was Ava Cantrell – one of hundreds of students graduating from the California Virtual Academy. It’s a public school where students take all their classes online. […]


California Virtual Academy Students Graduate

Originally aired on ABC10 News – June 11, 2019 Hundreds of students gathered in person for the very first time to celebrate a big milestone. Today was graduation day for California Virtual Academy. The ceremony was held at the Kroc Center in San Diego. For many, this was the first time they met face to face, even […]

CAVA Vacaville - Grad 2019

CAVA graduates cap off online learning with graduation

Originally published in The Reporter – June 11, 2019 Many people can seemingly sum up their lifetimes in two distinct eras: before the internet and after the internet. However, as Jim Young, the keynote speaker at California Virtual Academies’ (CAVA) graduation ceremonies Tuesday at Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, there was no “before the internet” for […]


Virtual Academy Graduation

Originally aired on ABC30 News June 11, 2019 Most of the time, graduation is the last time students see their peers. Although, for California Virtual Academy (CAVA), this may be the first! Nearly 20 students turned their tassels at Washington Union High School in Fresno. CAVA has more than 800 graduates across the country and this gradation […]