Mississipi Leads the way

CDale cdale@techmonkeys.net
Fri, 3 Jan 2003 14:08:14 -0600 (CST)

Actually, they do have some money for software, and etc, but different 
schools have different budgets, and the budgets are handled differently.  
Also, what goes on in each school depends on how much the staff and 
students know about the technology.  A good example of this is that a 
school in Gulfport had no networking at all, but had plenty of computers.  
The tech teachers were waiting for there to be enough money in the budget 
to buy Novell.  I sent a few hundred Red Hat CDs, after talking to the 
teacher via my kid, and they were networked in no time.  A school in Ocean 
Springs was doing the same thing, and they had a student who was very 
proficient w/ Linux, but they had also spent a shitload of money on 
sending this woman to school to learn Novell, so they sat on the idea 
until they could afford Novell for that reason, leaving the Linux tech guy 
twiddling his thumbs and trying to learn Novell in the meantime.  I don't 
know what brings you to the conclusion you came to.

On Fri, 3 Jan 2003, Owen Byrne wrote:

> Frankly I think this will just ensure that Mississipi will never do well 
> in any educational category. Instantly obsolete PCs in every classroom. 
> And likely zero budget
> for software, training, support, etc.
> Owen
> >
> >   Mississippi puts computer in every classroom
> >
> > *HERNANDO, Mississippi (AP) --**In a milestone for student achievement 
> > and state pride, Mississippi has become the first state to have an 
> > online computer in each of its public-school classrooms, a spokesman 
> > for the governor said.*
> >
> > The state met the goal set by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to connect 
> > Mississippi's 32,354 public classrooms to the Internet by December 31, 
> > 2002, spokesman John Sewell said Wednesday.
> >
> > The accomplishment has added importance in a state that has often 
> > found itself near the low end of educational and economic rankings.
> >
> > "I've never known Mississippi to lead the nation in any educational 
> > category or technological category," said Tom Pittman, publisher of 
> > The DeSoto Times in northern Mississippi. "It puts us at the forefront 
> > of something that is significant and important."
> >
> > The idea to hook up all the state's public classrooms to the Internet 
> > began in 1999 as a challenge offered up by Pittman's brother, 
> > then-America Online chief executive Bob Pittman, at a meeting of the 
> > Mississippi Economic Council. Musgrove, a candidate for governor at 
> > the time, made the challenge part of his campaign.
> >
> > The job required $40 million worth of equipment and training, but 
> > federal funding, private donations and programs that trained students 
> > to build computers meant the project cost the state just $6 million, 
> > according to Musgrove's office. Donations included $500,000 from 
> > Mississippi native and former Netscape chief executive Jim Barksdale.
> >
> > Besides Mississippi, the state closest to filling classrooms with 
> > online computers is Delaware, according to the National Governors 
> > Association in Washington.
> >
> > Now that the computers are in place, the schools will have to train 
> > teachers to use them and pay for maintenance, upgrades and 
> > connections, Sewell said. Some of the costs can be eased with federal 
> > education programs and by training students to fix computers, he added.
> >

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