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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…

Annenberg grants offer lessons in school reform

School leaders can close gaps in student achievement by reaching out to other schools and forming networks, enlisting the help of parents and other stakeholders, making professional development for teachers…

WorldCom scandal could sink support for school tech programs

In the wake of the accounting scandal that threatens to push telecommunications giant WorldCom Inc. into bankruptcy, educators are bracing for a ripple effect that is sure to be felt…

Once a classroom staple, chalkboards now biting the dust

Chalk it up to progress: Cleaner, more versatile whiteboards are quickly replacing traditional dust-clad chalkboards as a preferred tool for instruction. While the old-fashioned chalkboard remains a fixture in most…

Attendance, accountability mark this year’s NECC

Like the joyful tumult spawned by a drenching downpour after months of drought, the hubbub and energy swirled through the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at the 2002 National Educational…