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Outdated, 20th-century rules are being blamed for impeding plans for a proposed cyber charter school in New York and for artificially deflating the rankings of an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

Best Practice: Mobile labs aim to spark students’ interest in science

South Dakota students soon will have access to advanced research equipment used by professional scientists: State officials are readying two mobile labs that will travel the state through an innovative…

Students dial up trouble in new twist to cheating

As if using the internet to plagiarize term papers isn’t enough for today’s teachers to be concerned about, six University of Maryland students have admitted to a new wrinkle in…

Schools use technology to recruit teachers from abroad

To combat a growing shortage of certified math and science teachers nationwide, at least one company is using videoconferencing technology to link states and school districts with prospective teachers overseas.…

‘SQL Slammer’ hammers home network security challenge

A powerful internet attack—dubbed SQL Slammer—that hit computers worldwide Jan. 25 has security experts worried that too many system managers are only fixing problems as they occur, rather than keeping…