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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:23 PM
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Provost Academy, Georgia's newest tuition-free online public high school, will host three community information meetings Thursday at Jeff Maxwell Branch Library in Augusta.

Monica Henson, the recently appointed Provost Academy Georgia executive director, and community outreach specialists will be on hand to meet with parents and prospective students to provide information about this new education choice now available to all residents of Georgia.
Provost Academy Georgia is a state-authorized public online high school that is free of charge to residents of Georgia. Students work toward their regular public high school diploma as they would in a traditional school.

Provost Academy is the only online high school backed by EdisonLearning, a for-profit company based in New York that partners with charter schools and provides other education services. 

The community information meetings are scheduled for 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday at the Jeff Maxwell Branch Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road.

For more information, visit http://ga.provostacademy.com.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/18/11 - 03:52 pm
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If you don' go to campus then

If you don' go to campus then how good is the degree? Notice that it is a for-profit program. Who is paying? Tuition free means taxpayers! How many public highschools are there in the State of Georgia??

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corgimom 05/18/11 - 06:37 pm
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Sweetson, Georgia is

Sweetson, Georgia is desperate to raise its graduation rates. A diploma from a virtual high school will be worth even less than a GED.

I used to hire employees. It was at a manufacturing plant, that paid above-average wages. If someone didn't have a diploma, or had a GED, we said "Thanks for applying" and threw out the application. They weren't even considered.

Getting a high school diploma is easy, if you can't cope with high school- which is really training for adult work and adult life- then a person's chance of success in life is greatly hampered.

Even now, if I saw an applicant with a degree from an online school, I wouldn't be willing to take a chance on them. There is nothing stopping a parent from going online and doing the work for the child to get the diploma, and I would wonder why they had to get one online- too many behaviorally-challenged people, with poor work ethics, have to resort to online degrees. There are too many high school graduates out there that have proven they have basic skills.

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TrukinRanger 05/18/11 - 07:26 pm
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There may be some issues with
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There may be some issues with online schooling- but it also may be a better alternative than what's happening in some of the classrooms. It would be perfect for the gifted students as well as those struggling and have a ton of other distractions (other misbehaving students) hindering them. Some of the parents I know of that do home schooling don't understand the classwork themselves. At least this may give the students a chance.

Me
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Me 05/19/11 - 01:59 am
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It is truly amazing how

It is truly amazing how people show their ignorance when posting. Times have changed. Schools are not like they used to be, there are medical reasons, good and bad teachers, travel and work, gifted and mediocre students...many, many factors that play into reasons that people choose to home school and/or enroll their child(ren) in a virtual school. Our family has done both.
Our oldest child, who was home schooled her entire life is now attending college and has a job that not only pays well, it will also further her career in the future. Our younger child has both attended a virtual school and is being home schooled, does extremely well in his grades (by the by, now 2 years ahead of where others his age are). No, we do not nor have we done their work, as in evidence of the testing that is done at the end of each school year.
The majority of the home school community pay, out of our own pockets, licensed, certified teachers to administer the testing, as it gives us an unbiased, true report of how well they are or not doing in their education. We have testing that is stricter than public/private school’s CRCTS (and yes, we do the CRCTs also). We have no idea of the test scores until they are mailed to us to let us know if our children are on target or above, as most of the students are. There is no way that the children can pass these test if we, as you have put it, have done the work for them.
Virtual schools ARE public schools. Each class has a teacher, the same books that are in the public schools, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly requirements. The testing is more rigorous than in a traditional brick and mortar school. The only differences that we can discern are it is a lot cheaper than traditional brick/mortar school, your child can work at their own pace, they work in a classroom that is on a computer with other students, the same as many corporations have meetings with different locations attending, and they are afforded a lot more field trips than traditional school, so they actually have first hand knowledge of what they are studing.
Believe it or not, many colleges and universities, including the top ten schools, are giving more and more scholarships to home school students, as they have realized that not only are students who home schooled better academically prepared for college, they also have the knowledge of how to do independent study and are more able to face the rigors of higher education than traditionally schooled students.
As Corgimom stated, she would say "Thank you" and toss aside a diploma with virtual on it...good thing that there are many companies that have smart human resource employees who do realize what exceptional people there are being educated from home...oh yeah, don’t forget all of our presidents, philosophers, and scientist that were taught at home...remember, it was at public school where Albert Einstein’s parents were told that he was below average!!

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Riverman1 05/19/11 - 05:06 am
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Me is absolutely spot on.

Me is absolutely spot on. Times and technology have changed. Using online education can save billions and actually do a better job. Students can progress at their own pace. Superior students will soar.

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sray38 05/19/11 - 11:19 am
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Thank you, Me. I could not

Thank you, Me. I could not have said it any better myself. Thank goodness Corgimom doesn't do hiring anymore! I know MANY homeschooled students that have excelled.

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Mr. Thackeray 05/19/11 - 11:59 am
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Me is spot on!!! Online

Me is spot on!!! Online schools are more efficient and cost effective AND most importantly they work! Kids get an education! It takes some discipline i=on the part of the kids and family but it works. Brick and mortar schools don't like them because ti takes away money they want!

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AutumnLeaves 05/19/11 - 01:13 pm
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If online degrees are

If online degrees are accepted for higher education, why not for high school? Or maybe corgimom doesn't think any online degrees are acceptable. I wonder what some of her friends and associates would think of that?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/19/11 - 01:14 pm
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You know I always like people

You know I always like people that use the word "ignorant" it usually sets me up to "ignore" them. corgi and I disagree politely on some issues but we are "spot on" on this one. Whatever that means?!?!

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bojangles 05/19/11 - 02:44 pm
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I hear that school is hard to

I hear that school is hard to get into... if you have a firewall.

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aughate 05/19/11 - 02:48 pm
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REPOST to whoever reported it

REPOST to whoever reported it before

don't hire someone with a GED certificate because if you can't cope with high school- which is really training for adult work and adult life- then a person's chance of success in life is greatly hampered?

that is so discriminatory. this is the reason why their adult life will be hampered because you do not give them a chance to make it in the workforce. there are several reasons why young adults feel the need to drop out. maybe their parents were poor and they had to work to survive. or maybe their parents moved around a lot and they got tired of moving to a new school every semester. maybe they are just dumb and want to quit but they quit because their parents allowed them to quit. but maybe people realized their mistakes and want something out of their adult lives and here you are hindering them.
so many have received GEDs and went on to college or technical school to pick up a trade. you cannot fault these individuals for making that choice as a young person but they deserve a chance as a person now trying to make it on their own, unless you want to continue paying their food, shelter, utility and other costs the state provides through their many programs. or maybe you want them to run up in your house and steal your crap because some employer threw their employment application in the trash. so "thanks for your comment" and have a nice day.

and chronicle, if you wish, you can delete the account.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/19/11 - 03:11 pm
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hate, they had a chance to

hate, they had a chance to perform in school. If they chose not to perform there what kind of an employee do you think they would make? Probably not the child's fault but the fault of our society's acceptance of or toleration of NO parenting!

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AutumnLeaves 05/19/11 - 03:18 pm
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I have the same concerns

I have the same concerns about higher education online degrees that some here have about high school degrees done online. Why not be concerned about both, if you're concerned about the pitfalls possible with high school online degrees? Or do you have too many friends who have "earned" their higher education online? How do I know THEY did the work, either?

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paulbaughman28 05/20/11 - 01:20 am
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Autumn, some of those people

Autumn, some of those people who do their higher education online, actually have a valid reason to have to do them online. Sheer laziness to go to the campus is NOT one of those valid reasons. I HAVE to go to an online campus due to my current "situation."

A lot of online courses are harder than traditional courses because we do not get that face to face time with our instructor. We normally get notes posted to the "blackboard" program, our books, and tests. The difficulty is compounded when you add in factors such as work and family. I see no problem with there being an on-line high school campus for those teenagers who wish to work while still in school or people who dropped out of school and otherwise can't go back to get a diploma.

As far as knowing who did their work, well, you can go to a regular campus, not do your work, and still receive your diploma/degree.

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AutumnLeaves 05/21/11 - 08:26 pm
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paulbaughman28, that is

paulbaughman28, that is exactly my point. I was being sarcastic. I know full well that many of my friends have earned their higher education degrees online and they are not held at a lesser value. High school students should have the same opportunities to get a GED online that college students have to get higher education online, or they should ditch the college online programs for whatever reasons they are prohibiting them to be used for GED. I thought that computers were suppose to make learning more accessible. Make it so.

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