EAI to supply computers

November 12, 1992|By Ian Johnson | Ian Johnson,New York Bureau

NEW YORK -- Education Alternatives Inc. took the first step yesterday toward injecting high-technology into nine Baltimore schools, announcing that it had formed an alliance with Computer Curriculum Corp. to supply the schools with more than 1,000 computers equipped with advanced educational software.

The deal, which could cost EAI more than $1 million a year, would put Tandy computers in the classrooms, as well as additional machines in media centers and administrative offices.

The 4,800 pupils in the nine schools that EAI has contracted to run would be able to call up multimedia exercises and study programs, print out reference material and learn at their own speed. Teachers and staff could instantly monitor progress or problem areas.

The computers are to be installed this year.

"This is a continuing delivery of what we promised when we signed this contract with Baltimore. We are going to knock their socks off," EAI Chairman John Golle said.

EAI's $133 million, five-year contract with Baltimore has received national attention because it is the first time in this country that a private, for-profit company has been given the task of managing and improving public schools.

EAI has agreed to pay Computer Curriculum $22 per pupil per month, which would work out to about $100,000 a month.

Computer Curriculum was founded 25 years ago and is one of the country's leading educational software specialists, according to industry analysts.

"We're confident," said Computer Curriculum President Ron Fortune. "We've been at this a long time."

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