The transmitter sets the clocks for all the lights in the city and allows them to be programmed remotely. The fix could correct flashers that activate on weekends and holidays, but not when kids are in school. That was one of the problems revealed by a Lens survey in January, which found that nearly half of the lights malfunctioned.
The ReNEW Schools charter-school network in New Orleans had a generous solution for its students without Internet access at their houses — take-home laptops equipped with a wireless broadband connection. However, school leaders pulled the plug on the expensive benefit when the federal program that finances school technology delayed a decision over whether such expenditures should be reimbursed — a decision that could affect schools nationwide.