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High Court’s ruling deals a blow to internet publishers

In a defeat for internet publishers and others who wanted to make old books available online without paying high royalties, the Supreme Court on Jan. 15 upheld lengthier copyrights protecting…

Apple unveils new technologies for schools

Apple unveils new technologies for schools

The two biggest rivals in the computer industry, Apple Computer chief executive officer Steve Jobs and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, were at separate conferences touting new technologies Jan. 7. But…

South Dakota pulls plug on online testing program

Education officials in South Dakota—a pioneer in the use of online testing measures in schools—say they will abandon the state’s online reading and math assessment program this year and instead…

California schools to benefit from $1.1 billion Microsoft settlement

Thousands of California schools will receive free software, hardware, and computerized professional development resources as part of a $1.1 billion settlement that Microsoft Corp. reached with consumers who had accused…

New Ohio law tightens enrollment requirements for online schools

Online charter schools in Ohio must have telephone lines and computer equipment hooked up in students’ homes before school starts if they expect to count the students as enrolled. These…

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…

Maine laptop access expanded to poorer students’ homes

Thousands of Maine students will receive free home internet access for laptop computers assigned by their schools, thanks to millions of dollars worth of cash and in-kind donations, outgoing Gov.…

Report: States need more money, guidance to improve schools

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…

Mississippi puts an online computer in every classroom

In a milestone for student achievement and state pride, Mississippi has become one of the first states to have an online computer in each of its public-school classrooms, a spokesman…

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…