High-tech van part of Plano district’s plan for using stimulus funds

planoThe Plano Independent School District in Texas expects to receive $13.5 million over two years from the federal stimulus package approved in February — and a portion of the money will be used to purchase a computer-equipped van that will go to apartments and mobile homes to help teach parents of low-income and limited-English-speaking students how to speak English, read, and use a computer, reports the Dallas Morning News. “This is really, really going to be a fine piece of machinery,” said Cathy Galloway, the district’s executive director of student and family services. Plano ISD officials initially questioned taking stimulus funds because of restrictions attached to them. In the end, officials decided to accept the funds, and on Aug. 18 they presented trustees with an overview of new projects they will create with stimulus funds. Besides the high-tech van, the district plans to use some funds to expand the special-education curriculum in high schools and buy new software to help visually- and hearing-impaired students. An unknown amount of money will be used to train teachers who work with autistic students…

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