Wheeler applauds pilot program delivering computers to schools
Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) says the pilot program between the state and Computer Banc is flying high, according to a press release.
Under the program, three Central Illinois schools received 140 refurbished computers, and 2,000 more computers are expected to be ready for delivery on Aug.1 for schools across the state. The cost to the schools is $85 per computer.
Each computer carries a one-year warranty, and more computers will be available on the first of each month after August.
The computers will be ready for classroom use, preloaded with Google Chrome and Testnav functionality. Users will be able to access an offline curriculum with more than 1,500 ebooks plus educational games. Illinois State Museum modules will also be available.
The Computer Banc's primary mission is to "provide families, adults, special needs individuals, seniors, and veterans who are At-Risk with computer access at home or school."
By partnering with the business community, educational institutions and other nonprofits, the Computer Banc is able to provide low-cost computers at the lowest possible cost to Illinois' at-risk populations.