Gore Asks Congress to Fully Fund Community Technology Centers

Vice President Al Gore urged Congress to provide the full $65 million funding request for Community Technology Centers (CTC) on Wednesday, after the House and Senate last week approved only $10 million for fiscal 2000.

The administration had planned to use the $65 million to support 300 grants and create up to 500 new centers. Instead, the Education Department, which distributes the grants, has announced the award of 40 grants.

CTCs are public housing facilities, libraries and community centers nationwide designed to provide myriad services, including work force development and employment information, pre-school and family programs and adult education, all of which use computers and information technology to meet people's needs.

"Community Technology Centers will bring countless new opportunities to working families, helping children and adults to help themselves," Gore said in a statement announcing the 40 grants.

Education will distribute the awards during the next three years, 26 going to urban areas and 14 to rural locations. New York lead all states with five grant recipients, followed by California and Illinois with four each.

"These awards will help parents and students who don't have computers at home link learning at school with learning anywhere through technology," said Secretary of Education Richard Riley. "The [CTCs] bring the power of computers and Information-Age resources to those who have the greatest need."

More information is available at www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/CTC.

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