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Spreading the News

The National Federation of Republican Women wants to get the word out about gop-backed education reforms.

Along with nine Republican members of Congress, NFRW leaders highlighted their new campaign to educate the public about ideas such as local school control, accountability, and school choice during a Sept. 7 press conference on Capitol Hill.

The "No Child Left Behind" program "is a campaign of volunteer political action to show the American people that our public schools are the American institutions most in need of reform," the federation's president, Marian Miller, said at the news conference. The group, which has about 100,000 members nationwide, works to promote GOP ideas, elect candidates, and get more women involved in the political process.

The group also promoted the education agenda of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the party's presidential nominee, at the event.

A Little Recycling

About 50,000 feet of Internet wiring used at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles last month is being recycled for schools. A broadcast-cable company has donated the equipment to help wire Los Angeles-area schools to the Internet.

The effort sounds like something that would make the Democratic presidential nominee proud. One of Vice President Al Gore's longtime goals is wiring every classroom to the Internet. And, of course, he's a fan of recycling, too, having written a best-selling 1992 book on environmental issues.

Two nonprofit groups, Tech Corps and NetDay, are working with community volunteers to install the wiring in schools.

"We need to take advantage of every opportunity and resource we have to wire classrooms and provide students with the technology they need," said Gary Beach, the founder of Tech Corps and a board member of NetDay, who announced the plan.

—Joetta L. Sack [email protected]

Vol. 20, Issue 3, Page 26

Published in Print: September 20, 2000, as Federal File

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