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Organization helping Arkansas schools with technology

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A statewide tour is underway to get Arkansas schools on the fast track with better technology.

For seven days, representatives with FASTERArkansas met with educators to discuss the importance of the internet in our school system.

A meeting took place Wednesday in the Jonesboro School District Board room with representatives from area schools in attendance.

“The way the world works now is that the internet is so important and we learn so much online,” said Elsa Becker with the FASTERArkansas Campaign. “So, for our students not to be able to have this access we're never going to rank, or go above 49th in the nation”

Westside Consolidated Schools Superintendent Bryan Duffie agrees with the importance of internet access.

“There was a lot of good information. Definitely the technology access and internet access is an issue for schools,” said Duffie. “Especially for a lot of smaller school districts who may not have the availability of providers in their area.”

Becker says they're advocating to change the current law, Act 1050, which prohibits schools from having an option to a program called Are-On. This is an existing tax payer infrastructure that could provide schools with access to high speed internet.

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