$1.5 million to help modernize Baltimore schools

January 18, 2002|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced yesterday $1.5 million in federal funds for Baltimore schools as part of an effort to bridge the "digital divide."

The Maryland Democrat said the funding would be used to buy and upgrade computers, wire school buildings and make other technological improvements, including faster Internet access.

"It's got Baltimore City's name on it," she said.

Mikulski made her announcement during a visit to Southern High School, which will become a technology magnet school in the fall.

Carmen V. Russo, the city schools's chief executive, said she doesn't know how many schools will benefit from the money, which is part of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill for fiscal 2002, which was signed into law last week.

"It will be used widely across the city," she said.

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