CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement applauding the Senate for the inclusion of the Emergency Educational Connections Act and more than $7 billion in funding for the E-rate program in the COVID-19 relief package that was passed on Saturday.
“Congress took a historic step this weekend toward closing the digital divide for students. Thanks to the unwavering leadership of Senator Markey (D-MA) and Representative Meng (D-NY), more school districts will be able to equip students with the broadband connections and devices they need for remote learning.
“CoSN applauds this timely and targeted federal investment and looks forward to working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to maximize the funding’s impact at the local level.”
The funds will be used to improve remote learning and minimize the United States’ persistent “Homework Gap” — the lack of devices and broadband connectivity at home for students.
The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.