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WiFi plan: All about time and money now

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Hillsborough County schools are going wireless – at least they all should be by the 2014-15 school year.

New education standards require all state schools have Wi-Fi - but some here locally are struggling - running out of time and money.

It makes sense. These days our kids need easy access to computers.

They are needed for learning and testing. Our schools are working toward that goal, but still thousands of computers need to be purchased here in Hillsborough County.

Here's the issue: In Spring 2015, the FCAT will be gone. It will be replaced by a new statewide test called PARCC - or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

The FCAT was all on paper; the PARCC will be all computerized. And right now fewer than two dozen Hillsborough schools are ready.

Funding is the big issue, and it takes about two to three weeks to equip each school.

The district says they do have funding for another 90 schools, but that leaves another 130 still unfunded.

The district is optimistic it will be ready by the spring deadline and working with the state to get the extra money needed.

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