The internet became a forum for handling South Carolina's education issues as the state inaugurated its online Millennium Education Project April 6.

The project's goal is for people to share their education ideas and eMail their suggestions or questions to Gov. Jim Hodges, U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley, and other government officials.

Visitors can also discuss education with one another in the chat room.

About 40 percent of South Carolinians have internet access, making it an important communication tool, said Phil Noble, president of the project.

"What we're finding is the growth of the internet is spreading all across the


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