State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. Recently, SETDA released State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success , which looks at the current state of broadband access and how states are supporting teachers and students. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

Be sure to consider the alignment of your strategy and expectations to the broadband internet infrastructure needed to support it. Especially important is a strategy to align digital learning plans to participation in the E-rate program and any state programs designed to meet similar ends (including those beyond K-12 education that support broadband build out to universities, hospitals, libraries, or public safety institutions). The glasses have been raised.

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How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

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Gabe Soumakian: With E-rate modernization, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and more taking place at once, what are you looking at in terms of changes to the way you’re funding technology these days? Stuart Burt : When they changed E-rate a couple years ago, it was a learning curve. The modernization to Lifeline didn’t increase funding overall, but families will have the choice between phone discounts and a credit for broadband at home.

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Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

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Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy The government credits the FCC and the E-rate program with some of this success.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

million Idaho Education Network settlement | Idaho EdNews → After eight years - and with state-issued checks totaling $3.4M - the state has closed the costly and convoluted case of the Idaho Education Network broadband project. Tagged on: March 8, 2017 The History of the Future of E-rate | Audrey Watters → The decision by the new FCC to rescind its report on E-rate raises plenty of questions about the future of the program under President Trump.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” ” Via The Consumerist : “New Chairman Orders FCC To Abandon Court Defense Of Rule Limiting Prison Phone Rates.” ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband.” Also via Education Week : “Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program ’s Success.”

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