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Responding to the Portland Press Herald

Education Domain Blog

Author(s): Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA

The Portland (Maine) Press Herald recently ran a few stories on K-12 online learning in the state that greatly mischaracterized  the power and promise of digital learning – so I set out to correct the record.  You can read my full response here.  An excerpt is below.


“Education is perhaps the most important civil rights concern in the United States today. The academic equity and excellence we seek, however, will come only when we offer students a broad selection of learning environments and allow them to identify the proper solution for their individual learning styles and interests. The digital world is here and technology literacy skills are going to be a valuable part of the 21st century skill set students need for success, along with critical thinking, problem solving and communication — both working in groups and as part of virtual teams. These tools are essential in order for our students to become globally-competitive, and college and career-ready.”