I applaud your article concerning the use of satellites in providing education to rural public schools (Part I, Nov. 4). The Oklahoma State System and the Texas-based TI-IN network have led the way in the use of broadcast technology for isolated schools. This trend, although still in its infancy, will help promote equal access to scarce educational resources and will insure that students won't be penalized by where they live.
In California, beyond the fine work done by our sister campus, Cal State Chico, there are several other programs which electronically deliver education to public schools. The California State University system has made the development of a satellite demonstration program between its campuses and the public schools a priority. The CSU system has recently completed the construction of a mobile satellite linkup and will begin delivering in-service training courses for teachers by satellite next month. Cal Poly, Pomona, as well as Cal State Sacramento, Stanislaus, and Chico each will be producing and delivering offerings to teachers throughout the state.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education, realizing that urban gridlock often equates to rural distance, is in the process of establishing a satellite network linking all 80 of its districts. This novel urban system should be operational within a few months. Districts are responding enthusiastically and are purchasing satellite receiving equipment for installation at local receiving sites. The county office plans to offer teacher training after school, thus eliminating unnecessary freeway driving.