ERIC Number: ED409888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Networks for Goals 2000 Reform: Bringing the Internet to K-12 Schools. July 25-September 30, 1994.
This report summarizes the findings and presents data from a nationwide survey conducted by the Texas Education Network (TENET) from July 25 to September 30, 1994. In response to a TENET questionnaire, representatives from 46 of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs reported on the status of telecommunications networks for K-12 public schools in their areas at the time of the survey. The report begins with an analysis of survey responses, and is followed by 52 state profiles describing computer telecommunications in the schools. Findings include: (1) by October 1, 1994, the majority of states had implemented or were preparing to implement public telecommunications networks, with 38% of respondents describing state networking efforts as "operational" or"partially operational"; (2) K-12 schools were just beginning to adopt telecommunications network technologies; (3) state officials recognized the need for telecommunications technology for education and had begun planning for it; (4) funding was the most daunting and problematic of 8 potential barriers to school networks; (5) lack of equity in public access to networked technology, lack of skilled personnel, widely scattered communities, and inadequate and outdated technology were identified as other obstacles to K-12 networks; (6) 19 states reported that funding for educational networks was available from local, district, state, and "other" sources; and (7) private sector support may influence public sector adoption of telecommunications. Appendices include state listings of public officials responsible for educational networking and major network and Internet service providers, and the TENET questionnaire. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000