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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Vice President


For Immediate Release April 4, 1997
                 Connecting DC's Children to the Future
                             April 4, 1997

VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES A NEW EFFORT TO CONNECT WASHINGTON D.C.'S SCHOOLS TO THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY: Today the Vice President announced a bold new effort to bring technology to Washington's schools, to connect the schools to the information superhighway and to help prepare Washington D.C.'s children for the workplace of the 21st century.

This announcement meets two of the President's goals: 1) The President has launched an ambitious effort to renew our Capital City, so that Washington is a great place to work and live, and once again a capital that all Americans can look to with pride. 2) The President has set a goal of connecting every school to the information superhighway by the year 2000. Today the Vice President announced that he would help ensure that the children in Washington DC have access to cutting edge technology in their classrooms.

Connecting Every D.C. School. The Vice President set a goal of connecting every school in Washington D.C. that wants to be connected through a volunteer effort know as NetDay and to bring model technology to DC's classrooms. To achieve that goal, he announced a group of information industry companies who lead the way to bring educational technology to DC's approximately 150 schools.

Netday Wiring Kits for Every D.C. School. In order to connect the schools, the Vice President announced that a group of companies including Cisco Systems, AMP, Sprint, AT&T and others are supplying Netday wiring kits to connect the classrooms in every D.C. school that is not yet wired. NetDay is a national volunteer effort to connect schools starting on Saturday April 19th. Connections to networks, especially the Internet, multiply the power and usefulness of computers as learning tools by putting the best libraries, museums and other research and cultural resources at our students' and teachers' fingertips.

Computers. The Vice President also announced that the federal government will donate enough Internet capable surplus computers to allow every D.C. school to have at minimum one computer lab -- that means more than 1000 computers. Other companies are also providing equipment including Bell Atlantic who is providing a state of the art laptop computers for each principal. Web TV is providing Web TV units and large screen monitors for Internet access. America Online and AT&T are also donating computers.

Advanced Technology Training for Teachers. Because providing teachers the training and support they need is key to integrating technology into the classroom, the Vice President announced that Telecommunications Inc, through its subsidiary ETC, will provide free technology training to one teachers from each school in the District to be offered at their DC facility. Microsoft Authorized training centers including FEI and Knowlogy will also provide free training classes to Netday schools.

Other Contributions. In addition, companies like Bay Networks is donating equipment allowing DC schools to connect multiple computers to the Internet. Microsoft is donating a variety of software and partnering with two schools. NetCom is providing books on the use of the Internet. ETC is also providing schools with access to an online mulitmedia current events journal.

Volunteers. The Vice President also challenged federal employees to volunteer to help wire schools on Netday. The Communications Workers of America pledged to provide volunteers. The Vice President then challenged the entire DC community -- parents, teachers, businesses, labor, community organizations, and universities -- to come together and volunteer in a major effort to energize learning in our schools.