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School leaders and teachers across the country have gone to herculean efforts to transition to distance learning in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. They have provided laptop computers and hotspots to students, developed lesson plans and supported students struggling with food insecurity, depression and anxiety. Educators rallied to do this work because they know…
For at least the duration of this school year, Comcast and all other internet providers need to make internet access absolutely free for all low-income families. There is policy to support this already in the works and I strongly encourage everybody to join the Future Ready campaign.
[Education Dive] FCC waives E-rate gift rules as coronavirus closures highlight remote learning inequity
Future Ready Schools, a school innovation-focused initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education, is also urging educators to sign a letter petitioning Pai to expand the E-rate program’s coverage to include home internet so students can continue learning while schools are closed.
NEWS RELEASE: March 24, 2020 CONTACTS Phillip Lovell, Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), 202.494.5004, [email protected] Heidi Payter, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 822.9491 and 734.756.5853, [email protected] Bob Farrace, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), 703.860.7252, [email protected] Charlotte Blane, National School Boards Association (NSBA), 838.6231, [email protected] Candice Dodson, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), 202.715.6636…
Being stuck at home is bad enough. Now imagine being stuck at home without the internet. That is the problem for tens of millions of Americans who don’t have high-speed internet at home, severely limiting their ability to work, take classes or consult a doctor as the nation hunkers down for the coronavirus pandemic.
[POLITICO Morning Education]Schools Ask FCC to Use Federal Program To Fund Home Internet Access for Students
More than 7,500 district superintendents, school board members, principals, teachers, parents and others are urging the FCC to allow the federal E-rate program to fund home internet access for more than 50 million students nationwide who are now learning outside of school because of the coronavirus.
School leaders across the country are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to direct money from a program for internet access on campuses to millions of students who now find themselves learning at home. The FCC should allow funds from the federal E-rate program to support online learning for those students, more than 7,500 educators…
As schools across the Washington, D.C. metro area announced closures, Siobhan Davenport and her colleagues at Crittenton Services of Greater Washington (CSGW), a nonprofit that seeks to empower teen girls, began receiving dozens of calls and messages from middle- and high-school girls concerned about how the novel coronavirus would impact them.
It’s time for E-rate to cover the cost of home internet access. That’s the word from 7,664 teachers, education IT people, principals and superintendents who have signed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the Commission to make E-rate funds available to help schools and districts “equip” students with home internet access.