Florida Education Secretary Jim Horne is recommending to state legislators that they cut an ambitious $10 million plan to put leading-edge technology in some of the state’s classrooms, the Tampa Tribune reported Sept. 22.
Horne pushed the program into law just a few months ago, but the state’s budget deficit has prompted him to back off from his plan. “With us not knowing how the current budget is going to unfold, we ought to put a halt on that,” Horne is quoted as saying.
Horne had inserted the $10 million technology plan into the budget when he was a state senator earlier this year. The pilot program was designed to test how new equipment could be used to enhance learning.
Florida legislators are expected to consider various budget cuts to reduce the state’s deficit, which has been exacerbated by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that have affected Florida’s tourism industry.