Florida Lawmakers in Digital Divide Over Budget

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Florida Senate budget proposal includes money for teacher raises, but the State Board of Education is worried the spending plan does not set aside enough money to expand Internet access at state schools.

The Senate budget proposal unveiled Wednesday sets aside $76 million to expand Internet access at state schools.

The Florida Department of Education says 263 schools lack broadband access while 1,600 schools don’t have the high-speed wireless Internet needed for digital classrooms.

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