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RELEASE: REP. DANIELS INTRODUCES BILL TO UPGRADE COMPUTERS AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY AT MINNESOTA STATE ACADEMIES FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

St. Paul, MN- Rep. Brian Daniels (R-Faribault) introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday aimed at improving the educational experience for students who attend the Minnesota State Academies. 

House File 1224 provides funding to address necessary upgrades of hardware and software in classrooms, computer labs, and server rooms at the Minnesota State Academies for the Deaf and Blind in Faribault. 

“Faribault is blessed to have the Minnesota State Academies for the Deaf and Blind located here in our community,” said Daniels.  “Both of these schools do a great job educating their students with the resources they have.  Unfortunately, their computers and other equipment have not been updated in years.  My bill brings much needed upgrades to the schools’ computer hardware, software and other technological equipment.”

Daniels went on to note the importance of keeping the schools’ technology updated, “The Minnesota State Academies are in the business of removing barriers to education and standardizing technology used by and for their Deaf, Blind, Deaf/Blind, and Multi-handicapped Deaf and Blind students.  Their need to keep equipment and software updated is extremely important.  These upgrades will allow the academies to continue to provide specialized programming that meets the unique needs of its students.”

The bill has been referred to the Education Finance Committee where it awaits its first hearing.  HF 1224’s Senate companion bill, Senate File 920, is authored by Senator Vicki Jensen and has been referred to the Finance Committee.

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