Home Base system to help NC teachers

Home Base system to help NC teachers
August 26, 2013 9:00:00 PM PDT
The Department of Public Instruction held a demonstration Tuesday morning to show how the Home Base system will work as it is implemented across the state.

The computer system will allow teachers to go to one place to find lesson plans, assessments, and track their students' progress instead of going to multiple websites.

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson says this is going to help school districts save money in the long run and help teachers who right now are facing some challenges.

Eventually, teachers will be able to have students use the system if they want to do work ahead of time, do extra work, or get extra help. The system will also cut down on text books by using digital ones.

Atkinson explained that with teachers facing a tough new budget, this system could save them some sanity.

"Our teachers have many, many challenges this year with larger class sizes, with less money for text books, less money for instructional materials and supplies. So Home Base will help them. This will allow them to do the work faster and they can be assured that the materials on the website will be vetted," she said.

Most of the program's nearly $20 million price tag is coming from Race to the Top, a federal grant program. It will cost a little more than that to maintain the program every year and officials say that money will come out of state funds.

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