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Sep 27 2011

Council passes initiative to provide high-speed Internet access and technology skills training to low-income students

Press Release issued 9/27/11

Council passes initiative to provide high-speed Internet access and technology skills training to low-income students

The Great Student Initiative will help educate and prepare Seattle students

SEATTLE – The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve the Great Student Initiative (Resolution 31328). Legislated by Councilmember Bruce Harrell, the Great Student Initiative will serve as a model for the nation in bringing together and maximizing public-private partnerships to help students and families acquire broadband Internet access and technology skills training.

The program can help approximately 16,000 of the 47,000 students in Seattle Public Schools on the free lunch program. Only 46 percent of households in Seattle with incomes averaging under $30,000 receive high-speed Internet access. The public-private partnership will map out resources for a sustainable program to achieve Council’s policy directives in making sure students from all socio-economic backgrounds have access to high-speed Internet and vital job skills training.

“I am excited to launch Seattle’s Great Student Initiative and lead a national effort to educate our students on important digital literacy skills,” said Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “The information and communication technology job sector contributes over $3.5 billion to Seattle’s economy and information technology job growth is projected at 22 percent in this decade, one of the fastest and more sustainable job industries. We must equip children from all backgrounds with tools to access online educational resources to compete in this global economy driven by technology, science, engineering, and mathematics. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 77 percent of jobs in the next decade will require technology skills.”

Data from the Federal Reserve show students without home Internet access have a high school graduation rate six to eight percentage points lower than students who have access in their homes. This is a major opportunity to ensure that more students graduate.

“Seattle Public Schools is pleased to partner with the city to begin to eliminate the digital divide,” said Susan Enfield, Interim Superintendent. “We thank these companies for stepping up and helping low income families throughout Seattle.”

Through the Comcast Internet Essentials program, students on the national free lunch program will have access to $9.95 a month Internet service and a $150 netbook computer.

“Educational enrichment cannot be confined to the walls of the classroom. Connecting students to online resources at home will remove obstacles to opportunity, allowing students to compete on an even playing field and live up to their full potential,” said Kelley Dunne, President and CEO, One Economy Corporation. “The Great Student Initiative is a collaborative digital inclusion program that fully engages city leaders, corporations, teachers, parents and the community in improving education for Seattle students.”

“Getting technology and Internet access into the hands of our students is essential in building a pathway toward graduation. This will not only lead to a healthy workforce, but help in creating jobs,” said Council President Richard Conlin.

“While the world has gone digital, many low-income families have not, making passage of the Great Student Initiative especially important. Through our Internet Essentials program and continued financial commitments to digital literacy programs we look forward to doing our part to help close the digital divide,” said Len Rozek, Senior Vice President, Comcast.

“All students should have access to the building blocks of a quality education so that they can go from learning to earning,” said Sig Behrens, General Manager of U.S. Education for Microsoft. “The link between education attainment and economic growth has never been clearer. Seattle is on the leading edge of Microsoft’s Shape the Future vision, which prioritizes ensuring that low-income students have access to the same digital tools that can help to put them on par with their more connected peers. This should be made an educational priority for all, not a privilege for some.”

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Sep 21 2011

Seattle City Council President Conlin Congratulates Councilmember Bruce Harrell on National Honor

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Press Release issued by Council President Richard Conlin on 9/21/11

Seattle City Council President Conlin congratulates Councilmember Bruce Harrell on national honor

Seattle – Council President Conlin released the following statement regarding Councilmember Harrell’s national honor, presented today by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA):

“I want to extend congratulations to my colleague, Councilmember Bruce Harrell, as the 2011 NATOA Community Broadband Visionary of the Year Award recipient.

“This is a terrific recognition of Bruce’s work on the Great Student Initiative and championing a partnership between the City and the private sector to provide low-cost, high-speed internet access, hardware and software for low-income students in the Seattle Public School district.

“It is critical that the City engage in programs like this that will help our students succeed and be prepared in a global economy.”

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Sep 21 2011

Seattle City Council Committee to vote on legislation to provide high-speed Internet access to low-income students

Press Release issued 9/21/11

Seattle City Council Committee to vote on legislation to provide high-speed Internet access to low-income students

The Great Student Initiative Resolution will help educate and prepare Seattle students

Seattle – Councilmember Bruce Harrell will convene a special Energy, Technology, and Civil Rights Committee meeting tomorrow to discuss the Great Student Initiative Resolution and vote on legislation to provide high-speed Internet access to low-income students in the Seattle Public School District.

When: Thursday, September 22, 2 p.m.

What: Discussion and vote on the Great Student Initiative Resolution

Where: Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104

Who:
City Council Committee Members
Representatives from:
Seattle Public School District
Seattle School Board
Seattle’s Office for Education
Office for Civil Rights
Department of Information Technology
Comcast
One Economy
Microsoft
Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board

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Sep 01 2011

Press Release: Seattle’s web site named best in country!

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Joint Mayor & Council Press Release issued 9/01/11

Data.Seattle.Gov wins award for leading open data effort

SEATTLE – Mayor Mike McGinn announced today that Seattle.Gov has been named the country’s best city web portal for an unprecedented third time. The award for Best of the Web in the city category comes from the Center for Digital Government.

Data.Seattle.Gov was also named a Digital Government Achievement winner in the Government-to-citizen category. Data.Seattle.Gov increases access to datasets generated by various departments of Seattle city government, including building permits, crime statistics, and Neighborhood Matching Fund grants.

“A core value of my administration is open and effective government,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “And we are supporting that value in many ways, including town halls, public performance measurements for city departments, providing online data, and providing user friendly services to all our users on our city website. I congratulate our Department of Information Technology on receiving this award for best city web portal in America.”

City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who chairs the Energy, Technology and Civil Rights Committee, said, “In 2009, our Committee announced initiatives designed to empower the public and enhance transparency. We identified the need to migrate our city system to one that releases city data in an open format that is more readable and favorable to programming. We are very pleased to see the results and we will continue this commitment in 2012.”

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