State of technology update

Missouri: Gov. Bob Holden

In his Jan. 30 speech, Holden recommended increased investment in technology grants for all levels of education. He reported that the ratio of students to computers is less than 5-to-1, and less than 10-to-1 for Internet-connected computers. Parents will be able to use the Internet to view school "report cards," which will include information such as graduation rates, so they can hold schools accountable, Holden said.

North Carolina: Gov. Michael Easley

Easley, in his Jan. 6 inaugural address, said that despite the promise of the technology-driven economy, the state's success ultimately hinges on the welfare of its citizens.

"Just as the past generation had the courage to reach across the racial divide to bring all people together for morality and progress, this generation must reach across the digital divide to join together all communities in a stronger statewide economy," he said.

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