TEA offers free Learning Management Software to Texas schools to help with online instruction

Posted at 4:57 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 20:48:03-04

HEARNE, TX — The Texas Education Agency has officially launched a new initiative which they say not only helps with high-quality instructional materials, but also saves school districts a great deal of money.

Texas Home Learning 3.0 is optional to school districts. The agency is offering this initiative free for Texas School Systems for two years, in hopes of accelerating remote instruction during this public health crisis.

Hearne ISD Superintendent Dr. Adrian Johnson told 25 News nearly 80 percent of parents responded to a survey which gave administrators an indication of how they wanted their child to start the school year.

"... a majority of our students.. 66 percent want to start out remotely, so we are going to accommodate that group and we are going to start out remotely for the entire district for the first 4 weeks. The state is giving us the opportunity to start remotely using our virtual platform," Dr. Johnson said.

In a press release from the TEA, the agency stated throughout the state, this new offering will save districts up to 40 million dollars and reduce total taxpayer cost up to 22 million dollars statewide.

The Learning Management Software, Schoology, is currently used in schools representing more than 1 million students across Texas.