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There are 41 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jul 11, 2012, titled Albemarle Schools to Ensure All Students have Internet Access - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA Ne.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

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.

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Jimmy

Herndon, VA

#21 Jul 12, 2012
Local View 9 wrote:
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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.
Uhhh...how about taking the online class where there is already internet access...LIKE IN THE FREAKIN'SCHOOL that is already paid for! Schedule the online class in the world famous liberal "block scheduling" process.
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Jul 12, 2012
Jimmy wrote:
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Uhhh...how about taking the online class where there is already internet access...LIKE IN THE FREAKIN'SCHOOL that is already paid for! Schedule the online class in the world famous liberal "block scheduling" process.
Which could certainly be managed, but I think one of the main purposes for online courses is so you don't have to be transported to another location to take them.
TL in Cville

Charlottesville, VA

#23 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?
In this case, it's due to a 'required' online course. The online course, if required, should be taken in an environment which has internet available, not in an environment where internet must be made available.
Jon

Saraland, AL

#24 Jul 12, 2012
heh wrote:
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They aren't using cell phone frequency, but probably something like this
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article...
Thanks for the link. Regardless of the frequency used, it will be very difficult to cover areas up against the Blue Ridge Mountains. This article is about rural college towns being served, not rural areas. I am still curious as to how is would be implemented. There was a scheme to send broadband over powerline which doesn't work well. This sound like a a bottomless pit for tax dollars and a boon for the vendor.
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#25 Jul 12, 2012
Jon wrote:
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Thanks for the link. Regardless of the frequency used, it will be very difficult to cover areas up against the Blue Ridge Mountains. This article is about rural college towns being served, not rural areas. I am still curious as to how is would be implemented. There was a scheme to send broadband over powerline which doesn't work well. This sound like a a bottomless pit for tax dollars and a boon for the vendor.
http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm...

I'd be interested to find out upload/download speeds, range of signal and how distance affects data transmission.
Jonny boy

Winchester, VA

#26 Jul 12, 2012
CUt that budget, what a waste of our stolen wages.
frmr

Palmyra, VA

#27 Jul 12, 2012
CJD wrote:
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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.
C IN

A SMALL PUBLIC INVESTMENT? This kind of money is not "small" to me.
reality bites

Richmond, VA

#28 Jul 12, 2012
AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, one step closer to socialism, I love it.
Ronald Rump

Cumming, GA

#29 Jul 12, 2012
reality bites wrote:
AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, one step closer to socialism, I love it.
We have already crossed that bridge. Now its time to decide to what degree.
frmr

Palmyra, VA

#30 Jul 12, 2012
What if the parents do not want a computer in their home? Some, for religious reasons and other reasons, choose not to have a TV. Why would they want a computer?
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#31 Jul 13, 2012
frmr wrote:
What if the parents do not want a computer in their home? Some, for religious reasons and other reasons, choose not to have a TV. Why would they want a computer?
Why would they send their children to school where there are computers?
bumpy

Charlottesville, VA

#32 Jul 13, 2012
The whole purpose of online classes is to cut the overhead for schools. The schools do not have to provide a room, or a teacher. It is NOT effective education. Sure the initial investment bites, but in the long run it will cut money-which is what the loudest folks on the board say they want. And privatizing public education is exactly what Buffalo Bob wants.
Personally, I think it SU***
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#33 Jul 13, 2012
bumpy wrote:
The whole purpose of online classes is to cut the overhead for schools. The schools do not have to provide a room, or a teacher. It is NOT effective education. Sure the initial investment bites, but in the long run it will cut money-which is what the loudest folks on the board say they want. And privatizing public education is exactly what Buffalo Bob wants.
Personally, I think it SU***
Why isn't it effective?
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#34 Jul 13, 2012
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>Why isn't it effective?
Unless you have a dedicated home-school parent, up to a certain age/maturity a classroom setting focuses attention and peer interaction reinforces it.
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#35 Jul 13, 2012
heh wrote:
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Unless you have a dedicated home-school parent, up to a certain age/maturity a classroom setting focuses attention and peer interaction reinforces it.
I can see peer interaction, those cup stackers are an odd lot.
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From a strictly educational point of view, though; the biggest complaints are overhead, behavior, and accountability. Just on these boards alone how often do you read about teachers being over paid baby sitters?
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#36 Jul 13, 2012
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>I can see peer interaction, those cup stackers are an odd lot.
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From a strictly educational point of view, though; the biggest complaints are overhead, behavior, and accountability. Just on these boards alone how often do you read about teachers being over paid baby sitters?
I won't deny those issues aren't a problem, but do you really think an elementary, middle schooler and even most high school students would receive a better education at home?
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#37 Jul 13, 2012
I think considering the number of students in a class, doing the math, it probably beats the baby sitter rate.
Their parents get to work, pay taxes and help the economy to boot.
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#38 Jul 13, 2012
heh wrote:
I think considering the number of students in a class, doing the math, it probably beats the baby sitter rate.
Their parents get to work, pay taxes and help the economy to boot.
Yeah, I struggle with this because the libertarian in me wonders why I should care, the nationalist in me knows why I should care. All I know is we need serious reform, and we need to cut a lot of bureaucracy out of the school system that is eating up education budgets.
reality bites

Richmond, VA

#39 Jul 13, 2012
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah, I struggle with this because the libertarian in me wonders why I should care, the nationalist in me knows why I should care. All I know is we need serious reform, and we need to cut a lot of bureaucracy out of the school system that is eating up education budgets.
Nix the union and that will fix most of the problem. Every Time a post office issue comes up the people who post here are letter carriers who complain about top heavy management. I hate going to the post office, the outright complacency and lack of customer service is appalling. Unions have served their purpose in the past but have now become a cancer, we've busted them in the past an we need to bust some more.
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#40 Jul 13, 2012
reality bites wrote:
<quoted text>Nix the union and that will fix most of the problem. Every Time a post office issue comes up the people who post here are letter carriers who complain about top heavy management. I hate going to the post office, the outright complacency and lack of customer service is appalling. Unions have served their purpose in the past but have now become a cancer, we've busted them in the past an we need to bust some more.
I'm fine with getting rid of the postal worker's union, but there is no teacher's union in Virginia. So that can't be the problem.

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