Louisiana schools show little interest in free internet plan

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A plan to provide high-speed internet access to Louisiana’s public school districts at no cost to them has died because local educators showed too little interest.

Louisiana’s Board of Regents offered to make the upgrade happen for free for the school districts – but only 11 of the state’s 69 districts signed up by last week’s deadline.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2nFY8zN ) that Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Rallo says that level of interest is “far below the critical mass needed to proceed with the initiative.” So, the proposal has been scrapped.

The idea behind the plan was to have the public schools piggyback off a high-speed network used by colleges and universities.

State education leaders say they’re stunned that local school districts passed on the offer.

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