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    • Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund known as "E-Rate"
    • AGENDA
        • What is E-Rate
        • How Does Affect Schools
        • Funding
        • Criteria Technology Plan
        • Summary
    • Memphis ISD
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    • What Is E-Rate?
            • Federal Funded Program
            • Benefits Texas Schools
            • Discounts for Telecommunication Services, Internet Access and In some cases Internal Connections
            • Administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Univeral Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
            • Supports Connectivity
    • How Does It Apply to Education
        • E-Rate Program ensures schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunication and information services.
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    • Funding
          • Requested under Four Categories of Service
          • Discounts Depend on Level of Poverty and Urban/Rural Status Population
          • Schools Require a Technology Plan Approved by TEA
          • $2.5 Billion each year in Program Discounts
    • Technology Plan Criteria
        •  Clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education.
        • Professional Development Strategy to ensure staff knows how to use new technologies to improve education.
        • Assessment of telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services needed to improve education.
        • Sufficient budget to acquire and support the hardware, software, professional development, and other services needed to implement the strategy.
        • Evaluation process enabling the school to monitor progress toward specified goals
    • Summary
      • The E-Rate Program was established in 1998 and under the direction of the FCC providing discounts to schools and libraries for affordable telecommunications and information services.  Schools are required to have a technology plan designed to improve education and must meet 5 criteria.  The program has benefited Texas schools and libraries with more than 2.7 billion in discounts for telecommunication services, internet access and in some cases, internal connections. 
    • References
        • www.ed.gov
        • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/  
        • ·   Texas Education Agency. (2008). Progress Report on the Long Range Plan for Technology 2006-2020. Austin: Texas Education Agency