What is an E-Rate? Applying for an E-Rate Eligibility Percentage Discounts Graph Deer Park ISD’s technology mission
The E-Rate program was set up in 1997. The program was created when the Federal Communications Commission implemented the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This was implemented to ensure all schools have affordable access to telecommunications and information services. E-Rate link: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/erate.html
The E-Rate program is administrated by the Schools and Libraries Division. Through the E-Rate program, up to $2.25 billion is available to eligible schools.
1. Your school must have a technology plan in place.2. There are three forms that will be filled out during the process.3. Select a service provider and sign a contract.4. Retain records5. Prepare for next year’s funding
• Depending on location and need, schools can receive 20-90 percent discounts for telecommunication services. • Discounts are determined based on the amount of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program.
Goal #1 is to increase student learning and achievement through integrating technology into instruction. Goal #2 is to provide district-wide staff development programs to ensure effective use of technology. Goal #3 is to support the district-wide technology implementation and use through campus level planning. Goal #4 is to support integration of technology into instruction by providing and maintaining adequate network connectivity.