Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation. During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. Three further thoughts spurred by this terrific piece: That it costs more to provide robust broadband to rural communities seems to me an incontrovertible fact. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

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E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

eSchool News

Common Sense, SETDA unveil toolkit to help states, schools apply for billions in federal aid under the E-rate program modernization. A new E-rate funding toolkit from Common Sense and SETDA explains the changes to the federal program, available funding, and best ways to apply for it. school and library to high-speed internet by helping states and school districts access billions of dollars in the newly modernized federal E-rate program.

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources. E-Rate Center E-Rate News ACT best broadband classroom Congress connectivity digital digital learning ed-tech Education graduation help internet internet access learning

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title I

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title I

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

Teachers and students are well on their way to fulfilling the mission of seeing 99 percent of all schools connected to next-generation broadband, according to the “2018 State of States Report” from EducationSuperHighway. The nonprofit broadband advocacy group found nearly 45 million students enjoy in-school access to high-speed internet connectivity, up from 39 million in 2017. According to the agency’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report , 88 percent of U.S.

Connected Nation welcomes Emily Jordan to lead Connect K-12

Education Superhighway

Earlier this year, we selected Connected Nation and Funds For Learning as partners to carry forward our mission of upgrading the broadband in America’s K-12 schools. Jordan brings extensive experience in policy and advocacy to the CN team.

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

These rural districts face the four significant challenges: broadband access, funding, people, and understanding the “why.” Broadband access has become more critical in the last year and a half than ever before.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

Instead, EducationSuperHighway is sunsetting because, well, that’s what Marwell always intended it to do—once the organization reached its expressed goal of connecting 99 percent of K-12 students to high-speed broadband. District technology leaders, she adds, couldn’t fathom that internet service providers would come out and deliver fiber to their schools, much less at affordable rates. So seven years ago, knowing little about school broadband, he dove in.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

When we started all of this, it wasn’t because we wanted to get broadband in every classroom,” Marwell said. “We EducationSuperHighway’s advocacy supported the district’s efforts perfectly. The organization lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to allow districts to get or improve their Wi-Fi with money from a program called E-rate.

How a passion for policy helped an educator get more funding for technology in schools

Education Superhighway

This broadband leader has always had a passion for policy – especially when it came to funding for technology in schools. As a former teacher, tech coordinator, and chief technology officer, Jennifer Bergland now leads advocacy efforts as the Director of Governmental Relations at Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). They weren’t familiar with E-rate because it wasn’t a state program, so we needed to introduce the program before talking about state match.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Since 1970, DeVos family members have invested at least $200 million in a host of right-wing causes – think tanks, media outlets, political committees, evangelical outfits, and a string of advocacy groups. E-Rate has been, since the origin of the fund in 1996, the main way in which schools and libraries were supposedly guaranteed “reasonable rates” on telecommunications services. million in E-Rate rebates.).