Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez
Phone: (512) 463-0127

Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board selects area alternative schools to receive grants ranging from $35,000 to $50,000

AUSTIN, TX - State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, announced today that 11 South Texas school districts received between $35,000 and $50,000 in grant funds from the Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) Board.

These non-competitive grants will provide the alternative campus/es with funding for new telecommunications equipment, upgraded infrastructure and equipment, and high-speed Internet connectivity. The grant funds were targeted to alternative schools so that the students and instructors would have equitable access to modern technology. Alternative campuses typically provide instruction to at-risk and economically disadvantaged students. These students will have the opportunity to earn technology application credits and become more competitive in the job market upon graduation.

"This state funding source was created in 1995 so that all students, no matter where they live or what their wealth, can have access to modern technology and gain the expertise and skills they need to succeed after graduation," said Sen. Lucio. "Education funding is important for the success of our students in Texas. I commend the TIF Board and our South Texas schools for working together to see that these grants are provided to campuses that may otherwise not have access to technology like the Internet."

Since its creation by the 74th Legislature, TIF has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to its four constituent groups- public schools, libraries, institutions of higher education, and public, not-for-profit healthcare facilities. TIF is set to expire in 2005.

The following campuses received grants:

BROWNSVILLE ISD Alternative Education Center $48,383
Teen Learning Center $49,950
EDINBURG CISD Edinburg Alternative Education Academy $50,000
HARLINGEN CISD Keys Academy $49,030
Secondary Alternative Center $49,486
HIDALGO ISD Hidalgo Academy $35,000
LA JOYA ISD La Joya Alternative Center for Education $50,000
WESLACO ISD South Palm Gardens High School $23,705
SAN BENITO CISD Positive Redirectional Center $35,000
PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD PSJA Central High School $50,000
PSJA Tapp High School $50,000
MISSION CISD Roosevelt Alternative School $50,000
MCALLEN ISD Instruction and Guidance Center $50,000
Options In Education High School $50,000
RIO HONDO ISD Rio Hondo Alternative Campus $35,000

For more information, contact TIF at (512) 344-4300 or 888-533-(TIFB) 8432. Additional information, including lists of all grantees and future grant opportunities, is available at http://www.tifb.state.tx.us.

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