The challenge

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) in Washington, D.C., instructs more than 56,000 students in 144 schools and learning centers. DCPS is the 48th-largest school system in the United States and an institutional member of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)--one of the country's premier voices in educational technology leadership.

Like all K-12 environments, DCPS is concerned with managing internet usage by both students and staff. Of special concern are communications sent outside DCPS's traditional control systems via a variety of mechanisms, including eMail, web mail, and instant messaging. These messages could contain sensitive,


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