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 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Department of Education has awarded $265,000 in grants for nine distance learning projects to bring advanced education programs using television satellite technology to Pennsylvania schools and intermediate units.
 "Interactive learning over satellite television can bring specialized or advanced courses to students in school districts that otherwise could not offer this instruction," state Secretary of Education Donald M. Carroll said.
 "Most of these students would not be able to take these courses without distance learning, and they would not be competitive with students from more affluent districts."
 Carroll pointed out that schools also use the distance learning technology for staff development, saving the expense of transportation, hotels, meals and time away from the classroom.
 The program is part of the Commonwealth's Distance Learning Network, which is coordinated through the state library system.
 The nine projects receiving funding are:
 Allegheny County -- $16,585 to Deer Lakes School District for installation of a satellite dish and construction of a distance learning classroom.
 Blair, Bedford, Cambria and Somerset Counties -- $30,948 to Appalachia Intermediate Unit (IU) No. 8 to provide satellite courses to students in eight school districts.
 Bucks County -- $56,550 to Bucks County IU No. 22 to provide a PREPnet node to facilitate exchange of data among 13 school districts and to connect them with the resources of INTERNET.
 Chester County -- $10,000 to Chester County IU No. 24 to provide a videotape to explain distance learning and show models of satellite technology, audiographics, fiber optics and telephone and cable television projects to school districts in all state IUs.
 Crawford, Erie and Warren Counties -- $56,597 to Northwest Tri-County IU No. 5 to create a PREPnet node and to give 17 school districts technology for data transfer and access to INTERNET.
 Franklin County -- $14,080 to Fannett-Metal School District for a satellite dish to enhance curriculum for college-bound students and career development orientation for junior high school students and to provide professional staff development.
 Philadelphia -- $10,452 to the School District of Philadelphia to create a distance learning course to teach mathematics to female and minority students.
 Westmoreland County -- $56,422 to Westmoreland IU No. 7 to install satellite systems at seven sites to access distance learning programs and provide assistance for planning, implementing and training staff to use the technology in nine school districts.
 York County -- $13,366 to Northern York County School District to connect teachers and 5th grade students at Dillsburg Elementary School to a world-wide network of learning through the use of National Geographic Kids Network, Learning Link and Teacher Pages.
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 /CONTACT: Chris Corbe of the Department of Education, 717-783-9802/

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