The overall number of schools connected to the internet is steadily climbing, but low-income and minority students are still much less likely to attend schools with internet access than are white and more affluent students, according to a new report from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

The study caught the attention of Vice President Gore, who told attendees at a recent technology conference, "We must bridge the 'digital divide' and provide a direct link to all classrooms so low-income and rural students don't get


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