President Obama’s stimulus plan includes more than $150 billion in new federal money for education, with "infrastructure projects" like school modernization and repair, programs to make schools more energy efficient, and technology infrastructure upgrades being put forth as the most productive use of the money. So, with the prospect of an extra billion dollars in the budget that the stimulus plan dictates must be spent right away, where will it do the most good? asks Ed Bouryng of the Washington Times.
Few projects can offer the rewards to taxpayers like an investment in information infrastructure. The benefits of rebuilding our education system’s information infrastructure are clear. For many years, the private sector has implemented technology that enables organizations with vast operations to function on a single information platform. This platform has become the operational backbone of most leading corporations and holds great promise for the education system…

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