The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund Commonly Known as E-Rate
What is E-Rate? School Eligibility Library Eligibility Technology Plan Conclusion Questions/Comments WebsiteAgenda
Provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. Funded by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).What is E-Rate?
Must supply elementary or secondary education. May be public or private institutional day or residential schools, or public charter schools. Must operate as non-profit businesses. Cannot have an endowment exceeding $50 million.School Eligibility
Must be eligible for assistance from a state library administrative agency under the 1996 Library Service Act. Must have budgets completely separate from any schools Cannot operate as for-profit businessesLibrary Eligibility
The district will pursue high-speed internet for all classrooms and teaching areas. Professional development for Tech Specialists and Teachers will occur from June 2010 – June 2011. Assessments will be conducted to verify student achievement in relation to internet usage. Budget will be handled by Cynthia Daniels, School Secretary.Technology Plan
All Port Arthur ISD schools will apply for funding under E-Rate in order to receive high-speed internet for each classroom and teaching area. Technology plans will be submitted by April 28, 2011.Conclusion