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Each student who attends an Albemarle County school will soon be able to plug into the internet no matter where they live and the school system will dish out millions to make it happen. Full Story
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heh

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jul 11, 2012
So this is being implemented because "all Virginia high school students will need to take one online course to graduate"?
"The project is going to cost millions of dollars" 2 million? 10 million?
Cell phone speeds can be dog slow, depending. Is this going to be usable?
Countyres

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jul 11, 2012
Wow so let me get this one straight.... local real estate prices/taxes are falling county revenue is falling, staff are being cut, teachers aids and teachers are being RIF'ed, library staff/hours are reduced.... list goes on and on but somehow they are gonna pull a rabbit out of a magic hat and come up with millions to pay for free internet access for all students, just let that sink in for a minute or two before voting all these out of touch career county supervisors/no good politicians and all the county technocrates whose sole job is finding new inventive ways to spend our BORROWED money. GIVE IT BACK TO THE TAXPAYERS
Shane

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jul 11, 2012
Yeah, this is obviously the right choice as many schools are slashing teaching positions, teaching assistant positions and hours. Obviously the best course of action is to plug each and every kid into the internet because it's going to teach them much more than a human being would.
blaster

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Jul 11, 2012
So really, who is dishing out the millions?
TL in Cville

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jul 11, 2012
Why would all high school students "need to take an online course to graduate" when all high school students don't have internet access at home? Sorry, I think that's the bigger question. Why can these students not take their "online course" during a class period in their school where they have internet access already, rather than potentially spend tax dollars to do this? Why not eliminate study hall? Or have this "required online class" replace a non-required course? Maybe they could go to a library? Albemarle Schools need to think this through better before announcing it, this is not a good plan.
Rush Maddow

Hillsville, VA

#6 Jul 11, 2012
Giving kids computers is just a bad idea. Studies have shown that computers don't make kids smarter, they don't help raise grades, all they do is kill time that was supposed be spent learning.

And don't come back to me looking for the research -use the internet for something good for once and look it up yourselves.
Moran The Tech Queen

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Jul 11, 2012
Enough of the brick and mortar for schools. Sell the buses, fire the teachers and throw the pencils and books out. Wheez gonna be high techie! Yippy!!!

ACPS is now gonna be an ISP! Time for a reality check? Porn and FB through out Albemarle. What next? Does someone come up with these ideas to grow their budget and take resources from the classroom?

EGOMANIACS!
Ronald Rump

Richmond, VA

#8 Jul 11, 2012
I just cancelled my internet service. I will just use Ron Rump Jr.'s that the school furnishes.
reality bites

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Jul 11, 2012
Excellent idea, but the communications moguls should be paying for this. Their making billions and manufacturing nothing. If we thought right in this backward country we would legislate them them build the infrastructure or get nationalised.
Tom

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Jul 11, 2012
I thought one of my neighbors was burning brush when I went outside...I was mistaken, it was ACPS throwing another bag of money on the fire. Must have been, cause it sounds like they have money to burn.

Here is to hoping the Albemarle taxpayers are feeling flush. Because not only will they be paying for their own Internet access, but their taxes will increase to pay for the Internet for someone else.

Those who pay, will pay more. Those who pay nothing will continue to pay nothing. And the provider will wait in line behind the recipient.
Hmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Jul 12, 2012
I'm gonna adopt a kid so I can get free internet from the government.

One would think internet in school would be enough. Will the government schools provide cable TV in every home too? I don't get TLC where I live.
hah

Bethpage, NY

#12 Jul 12, 2012
I'm not supporting or condemning it, but I believe we're seeing the beginning of the future of public education.

It is plausible to say that physical schools could be eliminated and all students attend school online. Taxes would no longer be needed to support the costs of maintaining a facility and the majority of salaries for school employees, but pay for students' internet access, reduced staff payroll, etc.

That being said, internet access provided by a school could be 'locked down' by network administrators, prohibiting access to any non-school affiliated websites or other network communication (i.e. social media). Presently, employers can do that with their own internal networks.

But I agree, with school budgets being cut, facilities still in use, teachers losing their jobs, etc., where is the money going to come from to fund this endeavor? My guess is taxes or further cuts... or the unlikely generous financial donor.
Historical reaction

Ruckersville, VA

#13 Jul 12, 2012
When did it become the schools responsibility to provide every tool to the student? Parental responsibility in C'ville is non-existent because the "government" knows best. The sad thing is a majority of the parents are more than happy to let the tax payer foot the bill and the responsibility.
Jon

Morgantown, WV

#14 Jul 12, 2012
Parts of Albemarle do not have cell phone coverage, much less wireless internet. Is the county going to build towers to cover all those dead spots up in the hollows? I'd really like to know how they are going to implement this plan.
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jul 12, 2012
Jon wrote:
Parts of Albemarle do not have cell phone coverage, much less wireless internet. Is the county going to build towers to cover all those dead spots up in the hollows? I'd really like to know how they are going to implement this plan.
They aren't using cell phone frequency, but probably something like this

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article...
CJD

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jul 12, 2012
Countyres wrote:
Wow so let me get this one straight.... local real estate prices/taxes are falling county revenue is falling, staff are being cut, teachers aids and teachers are being RIF'ed, library staff/hours are reduced.... list goes on and on but somehow they are gonna pull a rabbit out of a magic hat and come up with millions to pay for free internet access for all students, just let that sink in for a minute or two before voting all these out of touch career county supervisors/no good politicians and all the county technocrates whose sole job is finding new inventive ways to spend our BORROWED money. GIVE IT BACK TO THE TAXPAYERS
Checks your facts. In Albemarle County, real estate taxes are rising, county revenuse is rising, staff and # of teachers are increasing, and we are building a new library in Crozet. The County had a $10M surplus in fiscal year 2011, and will be in the black again by several $M for fiscal year 2012.

The School Division owns a wireless broadband spectrum (granted by the FCC to all school divisions, not just in Albemarle), and is seeking to make a small public investment (with other public and private partners) to provide wireless broadband service in areas of the County that do not have any hard-wire service.
Jimmy

Falls Church, VA

#17 Jul 12, 2012
Oh the GRAND PLANS of liberals....still chipping away at the arleady crumbled empire!
bumpy

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Jul 12, 2012
Geez, you folks don't pay much attention to local news do you. Remember the UVA online course push? Its in the lower schools, too. The fact is that if the students take a class online it will save money, which is what YOU say YOU want. No, it is not as effective a learning tool as a live teacher, but it costs less. These classes need to be available outside the school building so that other classes can use the room, because YOU don't want to build more schools. So with public education, like so much else in life, you get what you pay for. Happy?
Local View 9

Potomac, MD

#19 Jul 12, 2012
Jimmy wrote:
Oh the GRAND PLANS of liberals....still chipping away at the already crumbled empire!
Not the grand plan of liberals, the Governor Bob McDonald signed the bill, that the republican legislator passed this year, that requires all high school school students entering 9th grade in 2013 MUST take 1 online class in order to graduate from high school. Now it is up the school systems to figure out how to make this work. At least Albemarle county has money to make this work. I really feel sorry for the children in counties like Russell, Highland, Bath and even like Orange that have poor internet services in the rural that will have to stay late and in to the evenings at school to work on these online classes as the school in these poor counties will be the only place that will have internet services to allow them to take the course.

I don't have a problem with online courses, but it will require parents to monitor and help there children learn.
Just the Facts

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Jul 12, 2012
bumpy wrote:
Geez, you folks don't pay much attention to local news do you. Remember the UVA online course push? Its in the lower schools, too. The fact is that if the students take a class online it will save money, which is what YOU say YOU want. No, it is not as effective a learning tool as a live teacher, but it costs less. These classes need to be available outside the school building so that other classes can use the room, because YOU don't want to build more schools. So with public education, like so much else in life, you get what you pay for. Happy?
So why not take the class in school where the technology is or in the many public libraries for those who don't have access to the internet? The assumption is if the county is providing internet to all students, students will also bringing computers home. Is the county now trying to copy the city? Besides being a distraction, technology in schools has yet to be proven to boost student performance.

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