The National Education Association (NEA), EchoStar Communications Corp., and Future View have announced a school safety partnership that will outfit school districts with free satellite dishes and safety-related programming to go with them.

Districts may apply for one of 1,000 satellite TV systems being donated by EchoStar's DISH Network, a direct broadcast company. But don't delay; the grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Headquartered in Littleton, Colo., EchoStar is just across town from Columbine High School, where in April two students went on a rampage that left


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