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NASA to press on with educator-astronaut program—though timing is under review

In the aftermath of the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its crew Feb. 1, NASA officials said their resurrection of a program to send teachers into space…

Bush 2004 budget calls for $53 billion for ED, but $144.5 million in cuts for ed tech

Five technology-specific programs totaling $144.5 million are among the 45 education programs scheduled for termination in President Bush’s 2004 budget request, which he sent to Congress Feb. 3. Bush’s 2004…

UCLA study highlights web’s importance in education

A new study by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Communication Policy bolsters the idea that schools should incorporate the internet into their instructional practices and…

Too little funding, too many rules imperil NCLB

Lack of money and delayed guidelines from the federal government are undermining states’ efforts to comply with the year-old school-reform law that promises to “leave no child behind,” according to…

eRate bust signals crackdown

At least 26 cases of suspected eRate abuse are currently under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), eSchool News has learned. The widening probe follows a criminal complaint against…

Old-school rules challenge cyber education in N.Y., Colo.

Outdated, 20th-century rules are being blamed for impeding plans for a proposed cyber charter school in New York and for artificially deflating the rankings of an online school in Colorado.…

Study: High-stakes testing might lower achievement

As school districts from coast to coast deploy ever more technology to help prepare students for high-stakes exams, a new study by researchers at Arizona State University (ASU)—reportedly the largest…

Jury’s verdict puts digital copyright law to the test

A federal jury in San Jose, Calif.,on Dec. 17 acquitted a Russian software firm of digital copyright violations for creating a program that cracks the security features of Adobe Systems’…

TV shows spur interest in forensic science classes

Inspired by such top-rated television shows as “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation” and “C.S.I.: Miami,” students across the country are lining up to take forensics classes in high schools and even…

Report: School web filters can block some health sites

The way schools, libraries, and parents apply filtering software to block pornographic and controversial web sites can have a “large impact” on students’ access to health-related information, according to a…