In 1997 I lead the charge for Minnesota to establish a national model for refurbishing used PC's through correctional facilities and distributing them to needy schools around the state.  The result of this effort was the Minnesota Computers for Schools (CFS) program.  Initially, state leadership for this program was jointly shared by the Office of Technology (OT), the Department of Children, Families, and Learning (CFL), and the Department of Corrections (DOC).  We had a strong partnership with Microsoft and thanks to Chuck Van de Weghe we were able to secure 25,000 license copies of the Windows 95 operating system.

Alas, the Ventura administration and CFL withdrew executive branch support from the program (both OT and DOC remained supporters - politics permitting).  In order to keep the program alive, I pushed the CFS Board to establish a non-profit organization.  Thanks to assistance from the Minnesota High Tech Association, we were able to establish the program under the Association's non-profit arm.

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