Lightspan Chairman and CEO John Kernan, Leading Technology and Education Entrepreneur, Named to California Education Panel
SAN DIEGO, June 5 — Lightspan, Inc. (Nasdaq: LSPN – news), the nation’s premier provider of quality curriculum-based educational software and Internet products and services used in schools and homes, today announced that Lightspan CEO John Kernan has been appointed to a panel charged with identifying ways in which new technologies can help improve public education in California.
Mr. Kernan joins 35 other distinguished leaders from business, academia, government, and research on the Alternative Modes of Delivery, Certification and Planning Working Group. The panel will make policy recommendations to a joint state legislative committee that is working to develop a master plan for education from kindergarten through the university level.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Mr. Kernan’s caliber on this panel,” said Senator Dede Alpert (D-San Diego), Chairwoman of the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education — Kindergarten through University. “Mr. Kernan is one of the most highly-respected leaders in the area of technology and education — not only in California, but across the country. His insight as a leading educational technology entrepreneur will contribute greatly to our understanding of how technology, when used appropriately, can help increase student achievement and contribute to an improvement in the state of public education in California.”
Mr. Kernan stated: “I am honored to be appointed to this panel, and look forward to doing my part to help California create a world-class education system that will benefit residents of this state for generations to come. Lightspan has been successful in creating public and private partnerships to improve academic achievement in virtually every state, and I am anxious to share that experience with members of this Working Group as well as the Joint Committee.”
The Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education — Kindergarten through University is chaired by California State Senator Dede Alpert and will address a broad range of issues, from those of teaching and learning, to enrollment, funding, and governance across all systems of education.
Lightspan, Inc. (Nasdaq: LSPN – news) provides curriculum-based educational software and Internet products and services used in schools and homes. Lightspan’s products align to all key federal education reform initiatives, offering school districts a complete solution to assess, align, instruct, and evaluate, as a comprehensive achievement and accountability system. The Company’s technology, delivery systems, and content help increase student achievement, interest in learning, parental involvement in their children’s education, and productive interaction among teachers, parents, and students. Lightspan’s products include Lightspan Achieve Nowb, an interactive curriculum program for K-8 students; The Lightspan Network> (TLN), a subscription-based service offering standards-based, online curriculum and resources for K-8 classrooms; curriculum programs for college students offered through Academic Systems Corporation, Lightspan’s higher-education group; Academic.com, a Web-based product offering a complete eLearning solution for online general education courses across many disciplines; Internet-based educational testing and assessment products offered through eduTest.com(TM); and an integrated family of pre-K-12 Internet products and services offered through Lightspan’s Web site, Lightspan.com.
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