Back in November, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) issued the results of its latest study on "Internet Access in Public and Private Schools." The fed's most recent assessment of connectivity in K-12 schools suggests that early results of the eRate—the federal program designed to close the "access gap" among wealthier and poorer schools—may have been mixed.

Between 1994 and 1998, internet access in public schools increased from 35 to 89 percent of schools. The percentage of public school classrooms with internet access also increased during this period, from 3 percent in 1994 to 51 percent in 1998.

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