Education Technology

NSBA Hails Changes in the FCC E-Rate Modernization Plan as a Positive Step

Alexandria, Va. (July 11, 2014) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) welcomes the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to improve the long oversubscribed E-rate program, while also noting remaining funding gaps. This was reinforced by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who announced that the FCC will consider added funding for E-rate in a future call for public input.

NSBA issues student data privacy guide in cloud computing era

As school districts increasingly move to cloud computing instead of on-site data storage, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and its Council of School Attorneys (COSA) have released a guide for school boards introducing the legal issues associated with protecting student data and suggesting best practices.

The guide, “Data in the Cloud,” seeks to raise awareness of student data privacy concerns, and to provide a framework for comprehensive student data privacy approaches in school districts.

NSBA Provides Recommendations to the FCC to Improve the E-Rate Program

Alexandria, Va. (April 4, 2014) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel issued the following comments on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Public Notice on the Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Focused Comment on E-rate Modernization to provide key recommendations to modernize the E-rate program and increase the quality and speed of Internet connectivity in our nation’s schools and libraries.  NSBA applauds the FCC’s proactive 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.

Issue Brief: Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act

NSBA urges Congress to provide the necessary support to school districts to ensure that students have access to high-quality career and technical education programs with a strong academic component and credentialing. Modernizing the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act (CTE) will help our nation’s school districts continue efforts to advance curricula that provide 21st Century skills and knowledge to meet the needs of both students and employers and provide practical training through apprenticeships and other opportunities.

NSBA's Actions in Support of Education Technology and E-Rate

Read about NSBA’s actions in support of E-Rate, including increasing funding: letters to the Administration and federal agencies, comments, and grassroots calls to action.

Background on Education Technology and E-Rate

E-Rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, was first authorized in 1996 to help high-need schools and libraries get Internet access.

NSBA’s Position on Education Technology and E-Rate

NSBA supports E-Rate 2.0 to increase the quality and speed of Internet access in schools and address remaining technology gaps.

NSBA Names "20 to Watch" Education Technology Leaders

Alexandria, Va. (March 7, 2014) – The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announces its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2013-2014. These distinctive education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality learning environments and more efficient school district operations. 

NSBA Announces 2014 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (March 13, 2014) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today the six companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase. “The Technology Innovation Showcase was created to highlight emerging companies that are using new technologies for products or services in K-12 education in ways that were virtually impossible to deliver otherwise,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director. “The 2014 companies serve as a reminder to always look for new approaches to old challenges.”

Education Technology and E-Rate

NSBA supports federal funding for education technology and E-Rate, the federal program that provides discounts for Internet connectivity for public schools and libraries.


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