Utah will use some of its federal stimulus money to pay for high-tech teaching software and new computer labs in the state’s poorest schools as part of an effort to use new technologies to boost test scores, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Utah schools superintendent Patti Harrington and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. are still working out the details of how the state will spend its $500 million in emergency education funding. But after a White House meeting Feb. 25 with education leaders from each state, Harrington promised big changes. "We are virtually reinventing the schools with the stimulus money," she said. The school superintendents met throughout the day to discuss the stimulus and education reforms supported by President Barack Obama, culminating in a speech by Vice President Joe Biden, who told them: "I came to make a plea with you to help us, help us use this money wisely." Biden called the stimulus cash "a down payment" and promised that if schools use it wisely, they would not want for resources while Barack Obama is president. "This is going to be the education administration. That is not hyperbole," Biden said…

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