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.
The massive relief package does not include new dedicated funding for the E-rate program, which some lawmakers and tech advocates had sought.
The sudden influx of thousands of new users is squeezing some ed-tech nonprofits’ ability to deliver their services, prompting them to ask for more funding.
The heads of two organizations, First Book and Games and Learning, are launching a channel that will allow schools to choose from a library of ed-tech materials.
Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm, had originally offered $47.60 per share to acquire Instructure. Some shareholders considered that sale price to be too low.
Maryland’s Queen Anne’s County schools want a virtual learning academy and Utah’s Washington County district needs a computer science curriculum. In New Jersey, Franklin Township is looking for occupational therapy services.
Attorneys general from Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and other states called on the Federal Trade Commission to take stricter steps in enforcing federal data-privacy laws.
A Memphis, Tenn., school system wants an integrated library and textbook automation system, and the Cincinnati Public Schools is looking for a mobile integration of its various tech platforms.
The largest school system in Virginia is looking to arrange a contract for the delivery of digital education content, and a South Carolina district is purchasing a student online registration system.