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TAKE ACTION to Save E-rate Funding for Your School Websites

Posted by Debbora Woods on 6/26/14 9:00 AM

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As you may already know, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is working to develop new regulations for modernizing the E-rate program that is used by schools to help subsidize 21st century technology and Internet connectivity. While the new regulations are intended to expand broadband and digital learning, they may also eliminate funding for school and district websites nationwide.

School websites are the mainstay of modern school communication -- vital to parent engagement, online learning, and emergency communication.

If the FCC eliminates E-rate funding for websites, thousands of districts will be forced to cut already tight budgets in technology, staffing, or other educational programs. This would hurt schools, students and families.

Together with school districts and national associations, we are asking the FCC to maintain funding for school websites and to classify Web hosting at the same level of priority as broadband so it continues to receive priority funding support.

Congress needs to hear from YOU directly so that they know your views and can stand up for continued E-rate support for school websites.

Every individual voice matters – Please go to www.erate4schoolwebsites.org and click on the TAKE ACTION NOW button. Sample letters have already been drafted. Just enter your email address and zip code and the letters will be sent to your representatives.

Thank you.

Topics: School Websites, E-rate Funding


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