With a keen eye on emerging technologies, a consortium of Georgia school systems emerged with a $28.8 million award during the first year of the eRate.

The award to Atlanta's Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (MRESA) eclipses the total eRate awards given to schools and libraries in 34 different states. And it marks the regional agency as a national pioneer in the integration of technology into public education.

"What we are doing is looking at the future of education," said Ed Kramer, the technology guru who spearheaded MRESA's...

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