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iSchool to continue to offer public virtual school option

Lewisville-based iSchool Virtual Academy will offer its public virtual school option in the fall, even as traditional districts suspend plans to offer remote instruction.

Public online virtual schools, fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency, will continue to operate in Texas without the need for additional legislative funding, according to a news release from ResponsiveEd.

“Since House Bill 1468 died in the Texas Legislature, there has been a lot of interest in our program,” said iSchool Virtual Academy Superintendent Gary Arnold. “Since 2011, virtual instruction has been our only focus and thousands of students have successfully graduated from our program over the past 10 years.”

iSchool Virtual Academy is managed by ResponsiveEd and approved to provide virtual instruction as part of the TEA’s Texas Virtual School Network, according to the news release. Teachers at iSVA must be fully certified and unlike traditional districts, their online curriculum must meet rigorous state and national standards. ResponsiveEd is a non-profit charter school network operating more than 75 tuition-free public charter schools throughout Texas and Arkansas.

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Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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