[K12OSN] OT: Required use of IE by State DOE

David Hopkins dahopkins429 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 15 17:33:03 UTC 2007

> First off as a low level state employee your opinion on this will pretty
> much be ignored.  Unless you are already tight with a legislator they
> probably wont give your issue much thought.  Just speaking from
> experience.
> Your BEST bet is to get the parents involved.  The approach is to get
> the parents and students to complain that the DOE is discriminating
> against low income students.  By requiring the use of proprietary
> software (IE) it reduces access to only those who can afford to spend
> money on MS Windows.  MAC and other users will be locked out.
Hmm ... I am not a state employee.  I am just a parent volunteer at the
school for the last 6 years, kid 'graduated' but I have been held back
apparently :)  I have given invited presentations at the state level on how
the school implements IT, as well as statewide in-service presentations.
Since the rep's were my neighbors, I thought I as 'tight' with them, but ...
que sera.  We already provide all in-school software to the kids at no
charge except for the Type-to-learn package which is about $10.

I will keep on trying via the legislature, only problem to resolve is how
much time is left in a day after the regular job, etc.  Seems this is going
to take awhile.  Still wish there was some legal issue that could be brought
up, but it appears that there isn't.  Thanks for the suggestions.  I will
keep on keeping on and see what happens.

Dave Hopkins
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