January 26, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and US Representative Mike Quigley today announced that students at over 100 schools throughout the city will benefit from a donation of approximately $4 million worth of computers and printers by the General Services Administration (GSA). The donation was made possible by U.S. Representative Mike Quigley and facilitated through Computers for Learning, a federal program administered by the GSA that promotes the reuse of technology by transferring used and working government computers and printers to schools where children can gain the skills to succeed in the future.
"I want to thank Congressman Quigley and GSA for their work in Washington to bring these computers and printers to Chicago Public Schools. It is truly an example of the great things that can happen when different levels of government work collaboratively. In a time of budget crunches and economic recovery, these computers will be a great boost to helping our children learn. We have Congressman Quigley to thank for it,"said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“We are grateful to Congressman Quigley and the GSA in Chicago for this donation,” said CPS Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard. “Technology is an essential educational tool for boosting student achievement. As the district continues to utilize resources to invest in the classroom, we appreciate and welcome this donation during tough fiscal times."
Recipient schools will use the computers and printers to supplement operations or programs already in place or create new learning opportunities. At Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Elementary School, 3149 N. Wolcott, site of the announcement, school officials will use the donation to benefit their students by setting up a writing lab with 10 computers and a language labs with 10 computers.
“Harnessing existing resources is a key to reinventing government, especially when times are tough,” said Rep. Quigley. “I am so proud to have helped put these computers and printers directly into classrooms across the entire City of Chicago, where students can gain the technology skills they need to succeed.”
Other examples of how receiving schools plan to use the donated equipment:
- Chicago Academy is planning on using 10 computers and a printer for a testing lab.
- Onahan School will use six computers and six printers for a computer lab.
- Fernwood School intends to use 10 computers and 10 printers for student online testing.
- Julian High School will use 10 computers and three printers to increase student access to technology in its library.
"GSA is proud to promote President Obama's call for an open government by linking such federal agency resources to the students of Chicago Public Schools," said GSA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Ann P. Kalayil.
The donation of over 2,000 computers and printers included 500 DCell Optiplex 360 computers with either 17- or 19-inch screens and more than 1,600 HP Laserjet 9050D printers for a total $4 million. The inventory was originally used by the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2010. Since the Bureau needs the majority of their resources every ten years to conduct the decennial census, and these computers will be outdated by 2020, they ended up with a large surplus.
CPS sent an announcement to principals and assessed the requests based on the need and number of computers and printers already at the schools. One hundred eighty-five schools responded with requests for computers, printers or both. Of those, 57 schools will receive computers, 164 will receive printers and 50 will receive both.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.