Educators and law enforcement officials in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., believe they have found the answer to poor educational performance, student truancy, and high rates of suspension: They have teamed up on a project that gets kids interested in learning through computers and an online instructional program that is accessible outside of school as well.


Eleven Fort Lauderdale sites—including area schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and churches—are hooking students up to the online curriculum resource NovaNET. By the end of 1999, Fort Lauderdale expects 15 schools to be brought online, according to the program's founder, Bob Cooke.


Cooke, the grant coordinator for

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