As most of you probably know, ESEA was reauthorized yesterday. We will
not know the specifics on grant programs for some time but we do expect
there to be a "TLCF" type grant program in addition to block grants.
We'll let you know more as the details are released.


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From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bryan Thompson
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 11:45 AM
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Subject: Re: Prospects for federal tech funds in Vermont

The TLC grant (three years) was an excellent boost to technology needs
in our school district. Unfortunately the bulk of computer equipment was
put into the elementary school and middle school but the high school was
left high and dry. I'm redistributing some of the computers but the high
school is in bad shape. I hope some day the TLC grant comes back again!

- Bryan

>Hearing about LCs as the sole classroom computer is pretty tough.
>Sounds like futility.
>What are the prospects for the return of the Technology Learning
>Challenge and other federal grant funds which met the real needs of
>classroom needs in under-equipped districts.  That program (TLC) was an

>incredibly important boost to our programs in Springfield and began to
>give our kids, teachers, administrators, board members, parents and
>community members a vision of how important information/communication
>technology is.  That is the point that people begin to see that the
>local budget needs to provide and sustain these new tools. Does this
>funding come to the State in a block grant to be divided up locally?
>Will there be new Vermont programs and initiatives or will it be
>earmarked for the VLN?
>My perspective on this is that we need to reinstate programs which
>serve K-8 classrooms -- where the fundamentals are established and put
>to work. VLN is an important idea too, but it doesn't hold much promise

>outside of our high school -- and it isn't here yet.
>Does that make sense?
>Duncan McCutchan
>District Technology Coordinator
>Springfield VT Public Schools
>Springfield, Vermont


Bryan Thompson
Technology Facilitator
60 Normand Street
Winooski, VT 05404
Phone: 802-655-2555
Fax: 802-655-6538
AIM: bryantg3
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