Education Dept. investigating complaint that some UM online classes not …
News from The Republic:
MISSOULA, Mont. — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has been investigating a complaint that educational technology used at the University of Montana is not adequately accessible to all students with disabilities.
The Alliance for Disability and Students at the University of Montana filed a complaint with the Department of Education last May alleging students with disabilities face discrimination at UM. The department’s Office of Civil Rights confirmed in an email to the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/QlCqcY ) Monday that it is investigating.
Travis Moses, a blind student, said he can’t always do his homework because some online videos loaded onto the learning management system Moodle don’t have adequate captions and some online images are not clear enough for a screen reading program to translate.
“I’ve been told every year, ‘Oh, we’re working on it,’” said Moses, a senior majoring in social work. “Well, you know, I’ve gotten to the point that I doubt it. I’m angry that something was put in place that was not verified.”
Courtney Damron, director of ADSUM, said the group tried to resolve the problem through channels on campus, but after five years of discussion, they felt UM administrators had not adequately addressed problems so the st…………… continues on The Republic
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Florida online education provider K12 under investigation
News from Bay News 9:
Every day, thousands of young students log onto the internet to take online classes.
They learn everything from arithmetic to American history and then get a grade that will count toward graduation.
Those grades are supposed to be awarded by certified teachers, but that may not be happening in the case of K12, a company contracted to run virtual schools.
The Florida Department of Education is investigating allegations of grades being doled out by uncertified teachers working for K12.
The company offers online classes in 43 Florida school districts, including Leon County, where district spokesman Chris Petley says red flags have gone up.
“We have a very limited number of classes (that) our students have taken specifically (from) this company, and in (those instances), we’ve had a couple where we have…moved the students,” Petley said.
The revelation is casting new light on the integrity of the virtual school program, putting officials at the State Department of Education in a difficult position.
They now have to investigate the very company they’ve turned to in an effort to help reduce class sizes and save money.
It’s a company that may also be using certified teachers to sign off on students they’ve never taught.
Even as critics charge K12 with cutting…………… continues on Bay News 9
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