Educational Technology

October 11, 2017

Locked Up But Logged In: It’s Online Learning For Arkansas’s Juvenile Detention Wards

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By SARAH WHITES-KODITSCHEK , Arkansas Public Media

Marcella Dalla Rosa is the director of education for the division. She says staffing teachers is complicated because there are a small number of youth at each facility around the state. At Harrisburg, there are about 20. “In the past, like the math teacher might have geometry, algebra, in the seventh grade going on at the same time. And so that’s just a real challenge to be able to teach the kids with the different subjects during your period.” Arkansas isn’t alone in struggling to provide a basic education to kids in detention. In 2015, The Council of State Governments found most incarcerated kids don’t get schooling equal to their public school peers. And those kids in detention tend to need more. About one in three need special education services. Now youth in the lockups are studying a streamlined curriculum in Virtual Arkansas, the state’s online public school. After finishing their game, they will spend much of the rest of the day in front of computer screens being taught core subjects like algebra.

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