Connecting Kids to Their Future
The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) established a $20 million capital bond project to increase the technical capacity of Rhode Island districts and schools by improving school and classroom wireless infrastructure (WIC). WCI is critical for RIDE to execute its educational improvement initiatives and to participate in the Federal Race To The Top program, a $4.35 billion United States Department of Education contest created to spur innovation and reforms in state and local districts’ K-12 education. Upon completion, WCI will allow students to take advantage of the growing trend for personal computing devices for academic research, instructional software and to participate in secondary and college preparatory proficiency testing. The project will involve approximately 350 schools in 57 districts and is scheduled to be finished in June of 2015.