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Friday, July 19, 2013

CCSSO Statement on ConnectED Initiative Announcement

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

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement today regarding the Federal Communications Commission's bipartisan vote to seek public comment regarding improvements to the E-Rate program, which provides internet access to public schools and libraries:

"I commend the Federal Communications Commission for voting today to move forward on a rulemaking process to support improved technology infrastructure in our nation's public schools and libraries.  As I have said previously, delivering on our promise to prepare all kids for college and work in today's connected world requires students to have advanced technological skills and access to technology. Many schools across the country lack basic necessities, like high speed internet, that many of us take for granted.  Chief state school officers stand ready to engage and support the Commission as it seeks to expand student access to innovative and effective online tools and resources."    

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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.