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Broadening broadband. Cutting classes.

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- Broadband expansion needed
   Federal Communications Commission officials accomplished a good deal in releasing a 376-page National Broadband Plan designed to connect America but, as in anything, the devil’s in the details.National-broadband-plan-medium   
  The document’s stated goal is to increase the portion of Americans with high speed Internet connections to 90 percent, from the current 65 percent, over the next decade and to significantly increase the connection speeds of homes with such service.
   The initiative was mandated by last year’s stimulus legislation and required by lawmakers, but what will be interesting to see is whether Congress has the wherewithal to implement any number of provisions outlined in this far-reaching package.

- School cuts coming
    If it was a comedy, the scene would show a piano falling from the sky onto a school. Such is the prospect New York's schools are facing as the state wrestles with a catastrophic budget deficit, and it is anything but funny.
   The arithmetic is unforgiving. New York is suffocating under the weight of a
$9.1 billion budget shortfall. Residents already pay the nation's highest tax bill and state leaders have indebted them to the hilt. Albany is going to have to make cuts and, with health and education making up more than half of state spending, schools are going to take a hit. Local officials, to their credit, already are making plans. [Examples here, here, here, here and here.]
   But, then, thing are tough all over:
- KC board approves plan to close 26 schools - Kansas City Star [Editorial]
- 2 schools to close in FWCS cutbacks - Fort Wayne, Ind., Journal Gazette [Editorial]
- Green Dot to close Justice Charter High School - Los Angeles Times
- State aid reductions force N.J. school boards to cut staffs, including teachers - The Star-Ledger [Editorial]
- DPS parents feeling betrayed - The Detroit News [Free Press Editorial]

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News


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