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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…

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…

Critics drub ED’s plans to scrub its web site

A proposal to remove certain information from the U.S. Department of Education’s web site has drawn criticism from an alliance of organizations representing academics and researchers. In a letter sent…

States debate ‘face time’ requirement for virtual schools

Teachers at Ohio’s five online charter schools would have to meet with students in person every eight weeks, under proposed changes to a bill that would overhaul that state’s charter…

Supreme Court to weigh in on latest filtering law

In the latest chapter in the debate over the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the U. S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12 said it will decide whether the government can…