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The continuing debate in Wisconsin re broadband

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on Sunday, January 29, 2012 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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The Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association is maintaining their pressure on the legislature in opposition to the bill which would extend the WiscNet sunset for a year.Their press release of two days ago suggests that the UW either doesn't know their own business or is attempting to mislead us all, referring to "misleading statements made by Ray Cross, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension."http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/January12/0126/0126wsta.pdfAs Lisa noted in an earlier blog post, we received a favorable vote in committee as the "Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Higher Education Committee voted 6 – 1 to recommend SB 375 for passage. The bill would delay the restrictions on participation by the University of Wisconsin System in selling or providing telecommunications service, including terminating participation in WiscNet."The WSTA is attempting to sell the idea that the current law would not prohibit the UW from participating in WiscNet -- which might be a meaningful argument if no-one else...

House Education and Workforce Committee to mark up bill seeking to repeal “ineffective or unnecessary education programs”

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on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Federal Legislation
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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!The House Education and Workforce Committee is scheduled to mark up H.R. 1891 tomorrow. This bill would repeal many U.S. Department of Education Programs including Improving Literacy Through School Libraries, which is the primary source of federal funding for school libraries. School libraries have struggled this year with the defunding of Improving Literacy Through School Libraries in FY 2011 budget. If H.R. 1891 were to pass, it would effectively eliminate this program as well as federal support exclusively for school libraries. We cannot let this happen!If your representative is on the Education and Workforce Committee, please call him/her today at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to remove the repeal of Improving Literacy Through School Libraries from H.R. 1891. Please explain to them that Improving Literacy Through School Libraries serves to update many school libraries in disadvantaged school districts where access to up-to-date materials is very much needed. H.R....