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On Fri, 17 Jun 1994, Sean Forrest Ennis wrote:
> > I'm trying to find out how many high school students in
> > the US have access to CD ROM drives.  In particular, I have
> > three questions:
> >
> > 1. What percent of high schools have CD ROMs?
> >
> > 2. What percent of high school students are at schools with
> > CD ROMs?
> >
> > 3. How are these figures expected to change in the next
> > year? (Apart from going up)
> >
> > I'm curious about how precisely these answers might differ for
> > public and private schools.
> >
> > I am particularly interested in answers that can cite a source, or
> > tell me how to find a source.
> >
> > Thanks very much for your help.
> >
In a survey of Florida schools conducted 4 years ago, 80% of the secondary
schools had at least 1 cd-rom drive.  However, in a recent survey of
SUNLINK schools (SUNLINK is our state union database on CD-ROM) over 50%
reported they did not have the hardware necessary to run SUNLINK.  We
believe that they have interpreted this as equipment DEDICATED to running

The Florida legislature this year appropriated one million dollars to help
SUNLINK schools aquire the equipment necessary to provide access to the
database.  While it has not been determined how the money will be
distributed, it is anticipated that schools will be able to use their share
of the money in a variety of ways:  i. e., toward a stand-alone
workstation, toward a cd-rom drive, toward a networkable tower, etc.
Until this year, only secondary schools were included in the project.
However, all Florida public schools are now eligible to apply for inclusion
in the database.

donna baumbach

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