The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pulling the plug on its pioneering school technology magazine, Electronic School, after a near 20-year run.
A source within the organization confirmed that the January 2002 edition of Electronic School was the publication’s last. However, NSBA spokeswoman Renée Williams Hockaday would say only that the association has decided not to publish a June issue.
“American School Board Journal is in the process of revising its supplement schedule for the next year,” Hockaday said. “In the past, we have published three to four special supplements [per year] covering education technology with Electronic School. However, for the upcoming year, we are expanding our coverage of topics. We will not cover technology with a June [issue of] Electronic School, but we still plan to cover technology with a special report in the fall.”
Published since the mid-1980s, Electronic School was the oldest school technology publication written exclusively for K-12 leaders. T.H.E. Journal, which also covers educational technology, began as a publication for higher education in the early 1970s and now targets K-12 leaders as well.
Electronic School reportedly reached more than 75,000 school board members, administrators, technology specialists, and other educators. It was a free supplement for subscribers to the American School Board Journal (ASBJ), a monthly publication of NSBA that costs $54.
Electronic School had been published on a quarterly basis until this year, when NSBA decided to scale it back to three issues per year.
Hockaday said the decision not to publish a June issue of Electronic School will not affect NSBA’s annual Technology + Learning conference, held in November, or the group’s education technology programs department.
Instead of focusing only on technology, Hockaday said, future ASBJ supplements will cover additional topics throughout the year, such as urban education and school infrastructure.
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