News | January 11, 2012

By Shelley Williamson, Metro EdmontonMinister Thomas Lukaszuk wheeled out his “10-point plan for education” Tuesday and among proposed changes was a trial of Wi-Fi on some school buses.“We will see how that works and if it works well maybe one day we will have all kids in Alberta benefit from that kind of technology," Lukaszuk told Dunluce elementary students.Lukaszuk said shortening bus routes is also a short-term practical approach aimed to mend challenges, even prior to introducing his long-awaited new education act.Some critics say the education minister has his wires crossed.“What are we going to have to take out to put Wi-Fi on yellow school buses?” asked Bill Moore-Kilgannon, of Public Interest Alberta.Kim Noell, operations manager with Edmonton’s Golden Arrow School Buses said the concept is news to her.“That has never been brought up in one of our meetings,” said Noell.She questions whether students would use the time productively.“Is that another responsibility for a bus driver?” Noell asked.

This article was published in Metro Edmonton on January 11, 2012. Read the full article on the Metro website.

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