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FCC: Rural Alaskan residents can ‘piggy-back’ off schools’ internet connections

A new ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opens the possibility for residents in remote rural areas to connect to the internet after hours using excess bandwidth from their…

Details of the education plan signed into law by President Bush Jan. 8:

• Requires annual state tests in reading and math for every child in grades three through eight beginning in 2004-05 school year. Schools whose scores fail to improve two years…

Probation officers use software to monitor sex offenders

Don Spurlin was listening to a seminar on computer software designed to protect children from sexual predators. He wondered, why not use it to protect predators from their own impulses?…

AOL glitch blocks eMail to dozens of prospective Harvard students

Dozens of eMail messages telling high school seniors whether they had been admitted to Harvard University for next year never arrived recently, after America Online interpreted the messages as junk…

Fairfax County school officials consider expanding corporate sponsorships

School officials in Fairfax County, Va., are considering expanding corporate sponsorship of facilities and programs to help pay the bills in a time of scarce state resources. “Given the revenue…

Broward County launches ambitious technology plan, despite budget woes

Despite a $40.5 million budget cut, Florida’s Broward County School District is plunging forward with an ambitious technology plan that will overhaul computers and upgrade software in every classroom. School…

Scholastic purchases software maker Tom Snyder Productions

In the latest example of how the ed-tech industry is becoming increasingly consolidated into the hands of a few key publishers, New York-based children’s publishing company Scholastic Corp. has acquired…

Mississippi inching closer to computers in every classroom

Mississippi leaders have raised more than two-thirds of the private money needed to put a computer in every public classroom, Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said Dec. 11. “Giving our children access…

Grant Deadlines

February IBM Reinventing Education 3: Teacher Education Grants IBM first launched its Reinventing Education program in 1994, and the company recently announced a new phase of the program. Reinventing Education…

Grant Awards

$2 million from the Indiana Department of Education More than 30 school districts across Indiana will benefit from federal grants to upgrade computers and electronic technology. In December, state Superintendent…