Policy

SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE

Before using education technology tools, schools need a network that can support devices and online tools. Here's how schools and districts are laying the infrastructure and finding the bandwidth to support using technology implementation.


School and Libraries Fail to Claim More Than $245M in E-Rate Funding
DOWN THE TOILET: The FFC's E-Rate program is designed to provide schools and districts with funds to get better connected with WiFi—assuming those schools and districts actually claim the funds. But there's seems to be a bit of a disconnect, in the form of unused E-Rate money.
New York Lays Out Plan for $43M in School Tech Improvements
HEY BIG SPENDER: New York has released plans to spend $43 million on technology upgrades for 36 of the state's school districts, the AP reports for the Wall Street Journal. The money comes out of the nearly $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act voted into law in 2014. The money will support buying classroom technology ($22...
Cost of LAUSD's Digital Student Monitoring System Climbs to $189M
MESSY: The LA Times called the rollout of LAUSD's My Integrated Student Information System (MISIS) "disastrous." That didn't stop the district from plowing ahead with it. Last week, according to the Times, the Los Angeles school board approved the final bond—$40.3 million—of six bonds dedicated to fixing the problems with the system...
How State Leadership Can Catalyze Broadband Access in Schools
BANDING FOR BROADBAND: In 2014, the New Jersey’s state department of education created regional consortia for school districts to band together to buy high-speed Internet services in bulk. Those who joined saved $89 million and increased bandwidth by 150 percent. Oregon is currently exploring a similar strategy...
San Francisco Chronicle Report Shows Segregation Increasing in SF Schools
LESS DIVERSITY: A San Francisco Chronicle special report on the city’s public schools, “Living Together Learning Apart: Is Desegregation Dead?” shows that as parental choice between schools increases, so too does racial and social segregation.