COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 121
July 18, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Policy Briefs, the Telecommunications Act of 1996


The attached DOCUMENT, Policy Briefs, The Telecommunications
Act of 1996: A Guide for Educators was developed by the
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc.  Soleil Gregg, Office
of State Policy Makers, has granted permission for duplication
and distribution to schools.  The guide provides information
that will help school divisions understand and implement
provisions of the FCC ruling on school discounts.  You can
access the guide electronically on AEL's Resources for Policy
Makers page at http://www.ael.org/policy/.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission has filed a document
indicating its intent to adopt the Federal discount program.
The Committee on Telecommunications Discount Rates has asked
Governor Allen to designate the Department of Education as the
agency to review technology plans.  This request was made to
reduce the paperwork burden on school divisions.  School
divisions already have submitted revised technology plans to
the Department of Education.

Questions concerning Department of Education activities related
to the content of the guide may be directed to Dr. Ida J. Hill,
Assistant Superintendent for Technology at (804) 225-2757.
Questions concerning the content of the guide should be
directed to Soleil Gregg at (304) 347-0485.

RTL/emt

Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be
             sent to the superintendent's office.