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GRANT COMPETITION OPEN TO ALL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES WITH EDUCATION SCHOOLS

 LANSING, Mich., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- "State-of-the-art educational tools based on telecommunications will prepare Michigan's school children for the jobs of the 21st century," said Gov. John Engler Tuesday at the opening of Ameritech's SuperSchool Exhibit in Lansing.
 Gov. Engler used the occasion to announce the $500,000 Governor's/Ameritech Grant for Teaching Excellence through Technology.
 Engler said the grant "will strengthen economic development, make us more competitive, create new jobs and improve the quality of life of Michigan residents."
 Grant applications are being sent this week to all Michigan universities and colleges with accredited schools of education, asking them to submit their proposals for training teachers in the use of telecommunication-based educational tools.
 The deadline for submissions is June 15. The award, to be announced during the second or third week of July, will be made in two $250,000 increments over two years to the school with the best proposal.
 To be eligible, applicant schools must agree to implement a teacher training program focusing on the practical application of telecommunication-based educational tools in primary and secondary education; implement the program for no less than a two-year period, starting in the fall or spring semester of the 1993-94 academic year; and share the results of the program with other universities and colleges, with the Governor and with Ameritech (Michigan Bell).
 Each proposal meeting the eligibility requirements will be evaluated on a number of criteria demonstrating their impact on the quality of education, "hands-on" use of telecommunications technology, familiarity with and commitment to telecom-based educational solutions and ability to implement the program no later than the spring semester of 1994.
 Only one proposal per education school will be accepted.
 Judges will be appointed by the governor and Ameritech.
 Chicago-based Ameritech, one of the world's leading information companies, is the parent of Michigan Bell and other Bell companies serving the Great Lakes region, as well as other information businesses. Ameritech also is a principal in several international businesses including Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited.
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 /CONTACT: Phil Jones of Michigan Bell, 313-223-7194; or John Truscott of Gov. Engler's office, 517-335-6397/
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