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Boy with autism forms incredible bond with horse after being bullied in school

Originally aired on WEWS-TV on February 25, 2019 The bond between a boy and his horse is a sight to behold. For 13-year-old AJ and his horse Addy — it is a bond that began three years ago. One that AJ remembers with crystal clarity. “We called his name, he came running up to us — didn’t even […]

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“I Hated Science… Then Came 8th Grade Biology”

Originally published in STEM Magazine – February 2019 Like most eighth graders, I wasn’t sure which career path I wanted to pursue. But I knew what I didn’t want – a career in science. After enrolling in online school, I started to think twice about that decision. I, of course, had seen the news reports […]

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Kids who go to school online don’t feel effects of snow days

Originally aired on KCRG-TV on February 25, 2019 Snow days haven’t impacted some eastern Iowa students because they go to school online. Samantha Spielbauer is a student of the Iowa Virtual Academy, which is a K-12 online school that kids can enroll in across the state. As an eighth-grader, Samantha attends school in the front room of her […]


Norfolk girl bullied after suffering extreme burns turns to online school

Originally aired on WTKR-TV – February 21, 2019 A Norfolk girl said she was severely burned after an accident with boiling water when she was a toddler. The burns left scars on much of her body. Today Jaimiaya Davis is 12 years old and currently a sixth grader. She said she was bullied in school […]

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Idaho needs to protect our school choices

Originally published in Bonner County Daily Bee – February 20, 2019  We have 13 children and our family schedule is inevitably chaotic. We’ve been with Idaho Virtual Academy for 10 years. Public school at home has met our children’s academic needs as individuals. Our daughter Moriah is the editor for the IDVA school newspaper, developing […]

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Bullying victim finds peace in online academy

Originally published in SanTan Sun News – February 19, 2019  A 14-year-old Chandler girl is blooming and enjoying life as a student at Arizona Virtual Academy after enduring years of bullying. Jessica Fortner, an eighth-grader at the online public school, enjoys taking classes online and in person at a blended learning center the academy offers at […]


4 ways to add up a love for math

Originally published by eSchool News – February 20, 2019 Math is about recognizing patterns and cultivating curiosity; here’s how Mathematicians aren’t born—they’re made. That’s why one of my favorite phrases is “I hate math.” Nearly every student shares this sentiment with me at some point during the school year, and when they do, I simply […]

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Triad first grader takes online approach to education

Originally aired on WXII-TV – February 18, 2019 For 7-year-old Anthony Perez, class begins in his living room. He’s a student at North Carolina Virtual Academy, an online public charter school that’s in turn keeping Anthony safe. The first-grader has cystic fibrosis, a disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system. Even the common cold can […]

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The Colony resident eyes future in dancing, acting

Originally published in The Colony Courier-Leader – February 17, 2019 Taytum Stafford keeps busy. Between her dancing, acting and print modeling – she has appeared in Belk Department store ads, she has little time for much else. With help from an online school, the 11-year-old from The Colony has been able to keep education at […]

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Intergalactic Get Together for MVCA Students

Originally aired on WLNS-TV – February 14, 2019 Abrams Planetarium was invaded tonight by online public school students wanting an educational experience they couldn’t get at home. The Michigan Virtual Charter Academy students filled up the planetarium’s entire seating. The event – called the “Intergalactic Get-Together” – provided those students with an astronomical lesson in a unique […]