"Our schools are functioning under a model appropriate
for the Industrial Age, not the Information Age."
-- Dr. Beverly L. Hall, State District School Superintendent, Newark
Defining a technology model and the related costs of providing computers and advanced telecommunications access to New Jersey K-12 schools and public libraries are critical steps in insuring that New Jersey remains competitive in business and education, the ultimate objective of this plan.
To achieve this objective, the Ratepayer Advocate has determined that a coordinated approach must be developed before the year 2000 to provide all New Jersey residents with access to technology-based learning tools. The key to the success of this approach will be long-term funding of a comprehensive and realistically priced model. The cost model and funding approaches described in this report are intended to meet this objective and to:
These goals are consistent with the State's commitment to providing equity in all aspects of education and information access and to ensure that all students develop skills in the use of information and up-to-date educational technology. When these goals are met, New Jersey will rank among the nation's leaders in providing the infrastructure, information access and learning environment deemed so critical to supporting a productive and enriched education and business environment.
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