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  1. 1. Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund<br />E-Rate<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />The E-Rate program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). <br />Set up in 1997 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. <br />Ensures that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services.<br />http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/erate.html<br />
  3. 3. E-Rate is a discount of 20-90 percent that schools and libraries receive for the acquisition of telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections necessary for deploying technology into the classroom.<br /><ul><li> The Universal Service Fund makes up to $2.25 billion available per year to </li></ul> eligible schools and libraries.<br /><ul><li> The level of discounts is based on the level of eligibility in the federal free and </li></ul> reduced school lunch program.<br /><ul><li> Libraries will use their local school district’s school lunch eligibility.
  4. 4. Eligibility
  5. 5. Elementary and Secondary Schools
  6. 6. Private not-for-profit schools that do not have an endowment </li></ul> exceeding 50 million <br /><ul><li> Individual schools, school districts, and consortia
  7. 7. Public Libraries
  8. 8. Individual library branches
  9. 9. Library facilities
  10. 10. Library systems
  11. 11. Library consortia</li></ul>http://www2.ed.gov/Technology/overview.html<br />
  12. 12. Services Available:<br /><ul><li> Telecommunication Services
  13. 13. Voice and Data
  14. 14. Regular telephone lines for teachers to receive phone calls in the </li></ul> classroom<br /><ul><li> Pagers for security officials
  15. 15. High bandwidth telecommunication services
  16. 16. Satellite delivery for distance learning
  17. 17. Coaxial cable
  18. 18. Internet Access
  19. 19. E-mail
  20. 20. World Wide Web access
  21. 21. Internal Connections
  22. 22. Routers
  23. 23. Hubs
  24. 24. Network File Servers
  25. 25. Wireless Local Area Networks
  26. 26. Software needed for operation of file servers</li></ul>http://www2.ed.gov/Technology/overview.html<br />
  27. 27. What is not covered?<br /><ul><li> Computers for teachers and students
  28. 28. Fax machines
  29. 29. Modems
  30. 30. Software
  31. 31. Professional Development
  32. 32. Asbestos Removal
  33. 33. Resale of discounted services is prohibited</li></ul>http://www2.ed.gov/Technology/overview.html<br />
  34. 34. Brownsville ISD Technology Plan<br />http://www.bisd.us/ts/Quote_Sub_PG/PDF/BROWNSVILLE%20ISD%20Technology%20Plan_%202009%20-%202012.pdf<br />
  35. 35. Summary<br />The district plan takes into consideration the NCLB requirements as well as the <br />E-Rate program. Changes have been made to encompass the updates on the Long Range Plan for Technology. The purpose of the plan is provide equitable access to the use of technology to enable students to become lifelong learners. <br />Needs Assessment<br />The district needs are based on the STaR Chart data, as well as data from district databases, Instructional Technology office, and Technology Support Teachers.<br />
  36. 36. Technology Needs:<br /><ul><li> Regular training sessions for teachers and administrators
  37. 37. Continued support of a point of contact at each campus
  38. 38. Regular communication with the campus
  39. 39. Assistance with integrating technology into the curriculum
  40. 40. Increase in numbers of technology support personnel
  41. 41. An improvement in IP telephony
  42. 42. Implementation of APC project
  43. 43. Implementation of IP television and addition of Vbrick Media Systems</li></li></ul><li><ul><li> Implementation of wireless network within schools and offices
  44. 44. Upgrade the district wide infrastructure in the form of new routers and </li></ul> switches<br /><ul><li> Add Fortigate/Cisco PIX firewall to schools
  45. 45. New network cabling to replace old cabling and to add to new schools and </li></ul> offices<br /><ul><li> Additional network drops for classrooms and offices
  46. 46. District-wide server upgrades for student E-mail, DNS and web servers</li></li></ul><li>Goals<br /><ul><li> Provide all students with instruction in the use of technology that empowers </li></ul> them to become more knowledgeable of their world and develop their <br /> academic skills.<br /><ul><li> Provide the knowledge skills and resources necessary for all educators to fully </li></ul> integrate technology into the curriculum.<br /><ul><li> Develop a partnership with parents and the Community to assist in </li></ul> developing all students to their potential.<br /><ul><li> To provide the knowledge and skills necessary to fully integrate technology </li></ul> into administrative functions and to allow all administrators to make <br /> informed decisions on technology acquisitions and usage.<br /><ul><li> To provide a high-speed, quality infrastructure and high value hardware for </li></ul> all schools and district offices.<br />