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