MY SCHOOLDISTRICTWhy the E-Rate for us? Facebook.com By Dianne Stelly, RN, BSHA
THE FOUR W’S • What is the E-Rate? • Where do we get it? • Why do we need it? • Who uses it? • And finally—How the E-rate affects the Technology Plan for LISD.
WHAT IS E- • A discount to schools and libraries toRATE? help access telecommunications and internet services. • The Federal CommunicationsWHERE DO WE Commission has assigned governmentGET IT? of the E-Rate to the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company . • Deep discounts on services likeWHY DO WE phone, internet access, systemNEED IT? maintenance help schools meet their technology goals within budgetary constraints.
WHO USES IT? • Any school, public or private, can apply for the E-rate if they meet the definition of a school as defined by the “No Child Left Behind” act.HOW DO WE • A complicated application process mustGET IT? include a detailed technology plan. • The plan must include: – Goals – Strategies – Needs Assessment – Budget – Ongoing Evaluation Plan
THERE’S • Applicants must open a bidding process MORE: and choose a vendor. • The calculated E-rate discount varies based on percentage of poverty and rural or metropolitan location. • Services are usually begun and paid before approval. • Invoices are submitted, then approval is given for payment.City-data.com
STAR CHART • Assesses a districts status in reaching technology goals. • Is used to show that money is being spent were appropriate. • Helps the district with ongoing assessment for future planning. • Is used to apply for funding.
THE PLAN TO % of UseUSE THE E-RATE 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 % of Use
SUMMARY • Infrastructure is one area that has not advanced. Always ahead of the other categories, it is now time to speed up again so that a sound infrastructure is supporting all future advancements. cmc.com • Cost effective methods will have to be found so that teachers can advance. • When these two happen, learning willInfrastructure of new high school. occur at the goal level. Look at it now! Infrastructure is crucial,
REFERENCE • Dickens, R. (2010). E-Rate and Livingston ISD. http://www.slideboom.com/presentatio ns/190830/E-Rate-%26-Livingston-ISD