Alabama Access Classrooms on FOX News

FOX News’ Shepard Smith covers ‘ACCESS’ in the Fox Report
National story recognizes Alabama as “trailblazer” in distance learning
The FOX News segment, that aired nationwide on January 22, 2009, touted Alabama’s use of technology as efficient means to deliver quality instruction in lean fiscal times.

Glencoe High School Students Participating in Distance Learning Classes

From the Alabama State Department of Education's Press Release (January 23, 2009) ......
Alabama’s innovative efforts to improve education throughout the state are not being lost of the ears of the rest of the nation. National FOX News correspondent Shepard Smith put Alabama in the national spotlight yesterday when The FOX Report producers covered the Alabama Connecting Classrooms Educators and Students Statewide (ACCESS) program. State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton said the national story sheds light on what many in the educational arena already know – Alabama is now on the cutting edge of instructive technology.


“ACCESS Distance Learning is revolutionizing education in Alabama. It provides students with opportunities that never existed before and totally removes the barriers of walls and geography that limited students’ exposure in the past,” Morton said. “By this fall, every high school in Alabama will be equipped with the ability to provide virtual instruction regardless of how rural the school system might be. The Internet is the great ‘equalizer’ in the regard, as it gives students from all different walks of life an even playing field on which to learn, grow, and discover.”

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