NSBA’s Position on Education Technology and E-Rate

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Houston ISD/Dave Einsel:

NSBA Supports E-Rate as Vital for Internet Connectivity and Technology Learning in Schools

NSBA believes that the E-Rate program is a vital source of assistance for schools in maintaining Internet connectivity, bringing new learning opportunities to students, enhancing distance-learning in rural areas, and helping school districts set and meet technology goals.

As the FCC moves toward universal broadband access, a number of opportunities and challenges to the E-Rate program have arisen. Although schools and libraries embrace the potential of new technologies for learning, new funding demands on the E-Rate program may affect currently unmet needs.

NSBA recommends the following for E-Rate 2.0:

  • Identifying additional funding to support broadband for high-need schools and libraries;
  • Streamlining administration of the E-Rate program; and
  • Providing affordable access to 21st-century broadband that supports digital learning.

What You Can Do

Please urge your Senators and members of Congress to support efforts to ensure efficient operation and integrity of E-Rate, increase the quality and speed of connectivity in our nation's schools, and address the technology gaps that remain.

  1. Write a letter to your Representative and Senators. Recruit at least two other school board members to do the same. Use NSBA’s Legislative Action Center to find your elected officials by zip code.
  2. Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper describing why education technology and Internet access are vital to your community. You can use the talking points on E-Rate as a guide.
  3. Encourage your local school board members to contact their members of Congress and ask them to prioritize technology and Internet connectivity for high-need schools and libraries. Here’s how to contact your Representatives and Senators.
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