Texas Schools Turn to Virtual Teachers

By Christina Vercelletto

Dive Brief:

  • Four American Sign Language classes in two high schools in Ector County, Texas are being taught virtually. The classes are part of a trial run through Proximity Learning, an Austin-based online education provider, and will be evaluated in November, Your Basin reports
  • While such virtual classes should ideally have each student equipped with a laptop and headphones and allow for one-on-one learning, budget constraints have the Ector County kids viewing one big screen instead. 
  • District leaders warn that to implement teacher pay raises to entice educators to Ector County, programs that aren’t state-mandated, such as marching band and athletics, will have to be cut in coming years. The district is more than 250 teachers short this school year. 


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