State of technology update
Hawaii: Gov. Benjamin Cayetano
In his Jan. 22 speech, Cayetano proposed spending $21 million to buy
18,000 new computers for public schools, dropping the student-to-computer
ratio from 6-to-1 to 4-to-1. He said the Internet would help students "open
doors of learning and knowledge" and teach them critical thinking skills.
In higher education, he proposed building a new University of Hawaii
medical school to be the foundation for the state's health-care and biotechnology
industries. The first phase would cost $141 million, but he said the biotechnology
industry potentially could bring more than $50 million into the state annually.
Also, he asked the legislature again to appropriate $1 million each to the
university's engineering, international business, medicine and high-technology
The governor also proposed building a science and technology center
on an undeveloped, state-owned parcel in urban Honolulu to showcase the
state's strengths in astronomy, ocean marine sciences, biotechnology and
South Carolina: Gov. Jim Hodges
On Jan. 17, Hodges applauded the state's recent vote approving a statewide
lottery that would fund education projects. The education plan would include
offering classroom technology, a free technical education for anyone at
any age, college scholarships and master's degree programs for teachers
who want to upgrade their skills. Hodges also mentioned an initiative to
make high-speed Internet access affordable in rural communities.
Oregon: Gov. John Kitzhaber
Kitzhaber called education "the single most important and far-reaching
investment we can make in Oregon's future." In his Jan. 8 speech, the governor
mentioned instituting the Quality Education Model, which among other things
would involve investments in engineering education and biotechnology research.
Utah: Gov. Mike Leavitt
In his speech Jan. 16, Leavitt reminded constituents that Utah is on
its way to providing high-speed Internet services to every Utah household.
"You can register your car or buy your hunting license online," Leavitt
said. "And all this takes a smaller percentage of our paychecks than eight
years ago, causing financial publications to designate Utah as the best-managed
state in America."
The governor said he wants to double in five years and triple in eight
years the number of engineering, computer science and technology graduates
in Utah. That would involve grooming students in math and technology skills
before college, and retaining good math and technology teachers. He proposed
a one-time bonus up to $20,000 on top of salaries for teachers who stay
in Utah schools for four years.
For economic development, Leavitt cited the formation of the Utah Silicon Valley Alliance to attract high-tech companies to Utah and