No More Channel 11 for Schools

Form a news release issued today by the county school system: Television programming currently airing on Fairfax County Public Schools Teacher Channel 11 will move to Red Apple Channel 21 and Community Classroom 25 beginning Saturday, October 29. The move will be complete on Tuesday, November 1.

Channel 11 will become what school system officials call a "closed channel," meaning it is closed to public view, and will be renamed the Teaching Channel. As a closed channel, the Teaching Channel will temporarily replace FCPS closed channels 13, 39, and 42 which provide material to teachers for classroom use.

This change is occurring as part of the franchise agreement between Fairfax County and Cox Communications. The franchise agreement is providing funding to build a new institutional network called I-Net that will provide the internal--or closed television system--for FCPS. While the I-Net is being completed, the Teaching Channel will carry FCPS' electronic classroom courses, offer administrative exchanges and supplemental programming, and provide in-class video instruction.

The migration of programming from Channel 11 will enhance the programming lineups on Channels 21 and 25 and is expected to increase the number of viewers on both channels.

By Steve Fehr |  October 12, 2005; 3:05 PM ET  | Category:  Schools
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