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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: AUGUST 18, 2003


- Two-year grant makes educational curriculum available statewide -

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2003) – Public school teachers and their students across North Carolina have access to SAS inSchool's award-winning, Web-based educational curriculum through the 2004-05 school year, thanks to a grant by the Bank of America Foundation.

State Superintendent of Public Schools Mike Ward announced the grant Monday at a press conference at Southeast Raleigh High School. Bank of America's North Carolina President Graham Denton and SAS President and CEO Jim Goodnight joined Ward in making the announcement. The grant is the first of its kind nationally in which a corporation and benefactor have partnered to make a technology gift to aid public education for an entire state school system.

The partnership makes SAS inSchool courses available to all public schools in the state, particularly those that serve grades 8-12. SAS inSchool, a division of SAS, creates Web-based teaching and learning curricula focusing on the core subjects taught in grades 8-12, including English, social studies, science, mathematics and Spanish.

Ward said the grant will provide resources many North Carolina schools have never had.

"This support by Bank of America and SAS will provide valuable resources to students and schools across our state," said Ward. "Media coordinators and technology facilitators will help teachers and students use this software to support classroom learning. As we raise expectations for schools, we're also raising expectations that the community will support our efforts. Today's announcement is a great example of that support."

"Bank of America is committed to higher standards in service to our customers, shareholders and communities," said Denton. "Our support of North Carolina's public schools, in cooperation with SAS inSchool, provides students, teachers and parents a valuable tool with a quality curriculum to accomplish the academic pursuit of excellence."

"This statewide gift marks the first educational technology partnership of its kind in the nation," said Goodnight. "Similar interest is being expressed by other states to offer the resources statewide."

SAS inSchool's standards-based resources are receiving growing acceptance coast to coast by middle schools, high schools, virtual schools, community colleges and universities. The award-winning software offers a Web-based planning environment for teachers. The material engages students with different learning styles, reaches students at various ability levels, inspires students with interactive learning and is accessible from school and home. It promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Subjects are divided into categories and topics. Teachers can access materials quickly, plan lessons efficiently, flexibly integrate the material into different teaching and learning environments, differentiate instruction, spend more time with students and use highly effective multimedia to teach the more difficult topics.

For information on a school subscription courtesy of Bank of America, visit the Department of Public Instruction's NC WiseOwl site. By
clicking on the SAS inSchool link, visitors access information on Curriculum Pathways, which offers online, core curriculum resources for grades 8-12. Visitors can also review the technical requirements, watch online demos and enroll for a school subscription to SAS inSchool's award-winning product

Editorial Contacts:

Frances Bradburn
N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction

Terri Bolling
Bank of America

John Dornan
SAS Institute Inc.

About Bank of America
The Bank of America Foundation directs charitable giving on behalf of Bank of America and provides grants to nonprofit partners that use creativity and imagination to help America's neighborhoods flourish and communities prosper.

One of the world's leading financial services companies, Bank of America is committed to making banking work for customers and clients like it never has before. Through innovative technologies and the ingenuity of its people, Bank of America provides individuals, small businesses and commercial, corporate and institutional clients across the United States and around the world new and better ways to manage their financial lives. The company enables customers to do their banking and investing whenever, wherever and however they choose through the nation's largest financial services network, including approximately 4,400 domestic offices and 13,000 ATMs, as well as 30 international offices serving clients in more than 150 countries, and an Internet Web site that provides online banking access to 4 million active users, more than any other bank.

Bank of America stock (ticker: BAC) is listed on the New York, Pacific and London stock exchanges. The company's Web site is News, speeches and other corporate information may be found at

About the N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction
The Department of Public Instruction administers the policies adopted by the State Board of Education and offers support to the public schools in North Carolina.

About SAS inSchool
SAS inSchool won the Technology and Learning Award of Excellence in 2000, 2001, and 2002 and was listed among Technology and Learning's Top Three Software Programs for 2001. SAS inSchool offers Web-based, multimedia instructional software and educator learning and support services. For more information, please visit our Web site at

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.