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Press Release

Friday, July 11, 2014

CCSSO Applauds FCC Steps to Modernize E-Rate

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2014) -- Chris Minnich, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for approving an E-Rate modernization order today. The following is a statement from Chris Minnich:
 
"The Federal Communications Commission took a critical first step to update E-Rate for public schools in the 21st Century. With today's order, state education leaders now will have access to funding for internal WiFi connections that will support digital learning in the classroom and help create important educational opportunities for millions of U.S. students.
 
"We urge Chairman Wheeler and the Commission to maintain their focus on modernizing E-Rate in the coming months and years. In particular, the Council of Chief State School Officers looks forward to working with the Commission on behalf of states on additional supports for statewide E-Rate consortia, which substantially decrease costs, increase transparency, and ease the burden of program administration at every level."

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.