Central Illinois school district providing free Internet services to needy families

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BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington School District 87 has announced that it has started a program that provides free Internet service to students and families in need.

Officials say this new program is designed to ensure that more students have access to the Internet, and began with 38 families at Bloomington Junior High School this spring.  According to school Superintendent Barry Reilly, an estimated 400 to 600 students will be eligible to take part in the program when it expands in the fall.

Reilly adds that the program will help close the achievement gap between rich students and poor students, and that families shouldn't "have to choose between Internet access and dinner."  The cost of running the program in the fall is estimated to be about $27,000, and Reilly says he hopes to have the project paid for without using district money.
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