Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund E-Rate
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
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.
Brownsville ISD Technology Plan http://www.bisd.us/ts/Quote_Sub_PG/PDF/BROWNSVILLE%20ISD%20Technology%20Plan_%202009%20-%202012.pdf
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.