Atlanta Public Schools extravagant spending of federal technology subsidies could land top school officials before a congressional committee investigating waste and mismanagement in the national E-rate program.
The worst elements of a new social program that taxes telephone service to provide gold-plated Internet service of limited and questionable value to public schools are evident in Atlanta Public Schools misspending and mismanagement.
Gideons Elementary is a case study in E-rate excess. Between 1999 and 2002, records show, Atlanta Public Schools spent more than $1 million to build a computer network at Gideons, a 485-student school two miles south of downtown.
As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to make key changes to the eRate--such as increasing the minimum amount the neediest applicants are required to contribute, and possibly eliminating the Form 470 used to seek competitive bids--stakeholders in the $2.25 billion-a-year federal program remain sharply divided as to what these changes should entail.
Thank you for the recent article on eRate underutilization (eRate funds go begging, April 2004). The one factor you left out when explaining this turn of events is the mind-boggling learning curve needed to apply for funds. After performing this function for our library for one funding cycle (I was the third person in one year on which this task was dumped), I told the library board that next year I would pay out of my own pocket rather than go through the process again.
Traveling on assignment through Americas heartland not long ago, we were in search of a suitable restaurant where we could catch up with a few colleagues and friends. We were perusing one of those online dining guides that features assessments by actual customers.
WASHINGTON - Five people have been indicted and four of them arrested on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering in connection with a program designed to bring Internet access to schools and libraries, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday.