The New York City Board of Education is catching some heat over its system-wide internet filtering application after teachers and students complained the program was stymieing legitimate research on the web. The problem appears to stem from the fact that the district implemented the filtering solution, called I-Gear, with one-size-fits-all, company-configured categories.

Responding to criticism, the board of education said schools and teachers can modify the filter, which has kept some students from


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