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Ohio sees surge of interest in online charter schools

With thousands of students now enrolled in four online charter schools in Ohio, state officials say there is a “huge spike” this year in the number of Ohio districts that…

School weather data enlisted to fight terror

Schools participating in a network of more than 6,000 local weather stations across the country soon might play an important role in helping the government hasten its response in the…

District sued over eMail policy banning religious messages

A public interest group is suing a suburban Dallas school district over its policy banning employees from sending eMail containing religious messages. The conservative American Center for Law and Justice,…

Big-business bungles shake school customers

The massive debts and outrageous accounting scandals that have sent shares plummeting and clouded the future of industry giants such as WorldCom and Vivendi Universal have made one thing clear:…

Ohio’s new student ID system raises data-security fears

Ohio officials are preparing to assign an identification number to each of the state’s 1.8 million public schoolchildren to improve student-data tracking and boost academic performance. But in spite of…

Bush administration appeals internet-porn ruling

The Bush administration renewed its legal fight against internet pornography on June 20, asking the Supreme Court to permit Congress to pressure public libraries to block sexually explicit web sites.…

Indiana libraries fight to preserve free web access

Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon’s budget cuts are threatening to eliminate funding for the free internet access offered by libraries, schools, and universities throughout the state. When O’Bannon cut Build Indiana…

Oklahoma governor signs revolutionary eLearning bill

Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating has signed a bill that offricials say will expand the role of online learning in the state, while clarifying to educators what is required of such…

School district considers lawsuit against cybersquatter

Web surfers were surprised to open up http://www.MinneapolisPublicSchools.com recently and find graphic pictures of aborted fetuses. So was the Minneapolis Public School District. District officials were notified of the site…

FTC: Youth gambling on web sites a problem

Many gambling web sites lack adequate safeguards and warnings to prevent children and teenagers from placing illegal bets, federal regulators said June 26. In a survey of 100 popular internet…