Project Share Texas, the much maligned and mocked set of collaborative and professional development tools AKA Epsilen has, via it’s parent company ConnectEDU, informed districts throughout the state that they have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
In a stement from the Agency sent out to all districts on May 8, the state said:
"The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently confirmed news that ConnectEDU has filed for bankruptcy protection. ConnectEDU is the parent company of Epsilen. Epsilen provides the learning management system (LMS) used by Project Share and hosts the ESTAR/MSTAR and TxAIR systems.
TEA is working to ensure safekeeping of all Texas-owned data and will share additional information as it becomes available. As a precautionary measure, anyone who has content saved in the Epsilen LMS is encouraged to ensure the content is saved elsewhere.”
Sadly, many school districts have invested much time and money on Project Share content, from professional development to complete courses, as has the state agency.
There is no word yet, on the fate of the content, of the future of that portion of Project Share Texas, however, any hopes of encouraging more users to use the service may have been dealt a serious, if not fatal blow by this latest news.