Help disadvantaged students meet their full potential through the use of government surplus equipment: Partner with the Race to the Top Program to provide students with government computers that have been surplused. Government offices regularly update and replace their computers. Rather than storing or selling these computers, a clearing house could be set up to funnel them into the hands of high school students who have no access to computers outside their schools or libraries. These students are working under a basic disadvantage. Many of their assignments require computer time/research and having access could dramatically impact students' ability to keep pace with their peers who have computers in their homes. The computers could be awarded to students by lottery or any other criteria including personal performance levels, improvement in performance, etc. The computers would be returned to the program if the student dropped out of school, graduated from high schooll and didn’t enter a program of higher learning, or completed a college degree. The savings created by such a program would be somewhat difficult to measure, but if a significantly larger percentage of students in this program complete their high school education than students who do not participate in the program, the savings to this nation would be substantial. The cost of the program would be minimal and current storage and processing expenses for surplused computers would be eliminated.
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