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SFPS Looks To Beef Up Digital Education

Dec 1, 2017

Officials in Santa Fe Public Schools are hoping voters will approve a bond next year to help pay for digital learning programs in classrooms.

The superintendent touted the district’s program at an event Thursday night. 

Santa Fe Public Schools is within striking distance of its goal of modernizing its digital learning programs and putting web-based technology like computer labs and classroom laptops in all its campuses.

"We wouldn’t think of having a classroom without pencil and paper and pens and notebooks," said Superintendent Veronica Garcia. "Why would we think that we would have a classroom without technology?"

Garcia and others are asking Santa Fe voters to approve a $72 million education bond early next year. That money would help push the digital learning program over the finish line.

But the effort happens as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to knock down net neutrality rules that could lead individuals and school districts to pay more for high-speed Internet access. Superintendent Garcia says the district is already cash-strapped, and higher Internet costs could have big consequences for Santa Fe’s digital learning initiative.

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