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Tom

I know that the Gov does not have a direct say in who gets the contracts for software and hardware - the implication - as much as it pertained to Perdue and Sleasely is that it will go to cronies.
The fact that the Gov wants to use this money for things other than buildings will make 2 Governor's who have used funds for purposes other than school buildings.
He's not closing the loophole he's driving a Mack truck through by example. Now future governor's with friendly legislators will just enact a law giving them the ability to use funds as they see fit.
Making him no better than Perdue
I happen to agree with the virtual class thing - it's a wise use of technology and something I have been wondering about for quite some time. The Microsoft "Go to meeting" software has diminished the need for conventions and convention centers. Perhaps we can diminish the needs for physical classrooms as well.
This would be welcome - especially for adult learners who want to take a personal enrichment class.
I would prefer that the state IT department do this with contracts allotted under current state guidelines - paid for out of budgeted monies not lottery profits as the need for physical class rooms far outweighs the need for virtual class rooms (and they have a higher cost structure as well).
This makes me think that perhaps in the future we will need to consider bandwidth as infrastructure ......

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