E-government earns place in D.C. budget
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 15, 2000
Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams' self- proclaimed "education budget"
would provide millions to connect schools to the Internet and includes money
for electronic government initiatives.
Williams' budget commits $4 million "to bring the Internet to every classroom,
lab and library" in the city's schools, and another $1 million to establish
a phone and voice mail link to teachers for a "homework hot line," so parents
can stay informed about what's happening in class.
The budget, which was announced Monday, also allocates $59 million for school
modernization and renovation, with a promise to next year nearly double
that amount to $100 million to continue the effort to renovate eight schools
a year for the next decade.
"Our children deserve to learn under roofs that don't leak, they deserve
high-tech classrooms, and they absolutely need a safe environment to learn,"
Williams also set aside $31 million to continue the city's e-government
"I'm committing $31 million to improve technology and create a virtual "e'
government, providing a wide range of online government services," he said.