As district budgets contract during the COVID-19 crisis, the E-rate is likely to become a key source of funding for schools trying to improve their internet connectivity.
Because the economic rescue package will be used to cover so many district needs, the law will likely fall short in addressing many ed-tech priorities, a pair of advocates predict.
School systems are scrambling to make emergency purchases now, while they consider what school closures and potential state cuts will mean in the long term.
Service providers can now offer free Internet and other technologies to schools through Sept. 30, said the FCC.
The DoDEA seeks a virtual high school licenses. A New Mexico district wants a literacy program, and Buffalo schools seeks a substitute management system.
A Texas district seeks open records software. A South Carolina district is buying G-Suite licenses, and another Texas seeks a college readiness system.
Many district purchasing cycles are locked in, but vendors still face big uncertainties over the coming weeks and months.
School districts in New York will receive funds for a range of uses from the $2 billion bond that launched the Smart Schools program for ed-tech.
Amazon is becoming a mainstay in K-12 procurement, with some districts signing onto its purchasing platforms at the urging of teachers.
Federal lawmakers are likely to approve small increases in spending for education over the coming year, despite the Trump administration’s latest call for big cuts in funding.