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This informational memorandum is the first in a series of reports focusing on the SchoolNet initiatives. It describes SchoolNet, SchoolNet Plus, and the Ameritech Agreement, presenting background information on their funding authorities, purposes, key players, organizational structures, and statutory timeframes. The report also describes how school districts access funding, the distribution of funding, the implementation of the technology, and the current status of each of the three initiatives. SchoolNet funds aim to supply every public school classroom in Ohio with at least one telecommunications connection capable of voice, video, and data transmission. Computers and related technology will also be purchased for 152 school districts in the lowest wealth quartile of the state. SchoolNet Plus earmarks additional funds for interactive computer workstations and other technology. The Ameritech Agreement describes that company's commitment to laying fiber-optic cable to every high school within its service area. Appendixes provide a pictorial overview of the initiatives as well as a chronology of previous legislative funding for technology in schools, including a list of education technology-related line items from Ohio State General Assembly operating budgets from 1990 to 1997. Information contained in the memorandum was made available by the Ohio SchoolNet office, various divisions of the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the Office of Budget and Management, and the governor's office. (BEW)

Descriptors: Access to Computers, Budgeting, Contracts, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Financial Support, School District Wealth, State Legislation, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Technology Planning, Telecommunications

Autor: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.


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