February 9, 1997 in Nation/World

U.S. Releases Grants For School Computers

Compiled From Wire Services

President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, saying significant progress is being made in linking U.S. schools to the Internet, Saturday released the first installment of $200 million in grants for computer equipment and training.

Joining Clinton on the president’s weekly radio broadcast, Gore announced the Education Department would award Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grants worth $14.3 million to Illinois, Mississippi and New Mexico.

Clinton also issued a federal report showing 65 percent of public schools have access to the Internet. But, the president added, “it is not enough to connect every school. We must connect every classroom and every library as well.”

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