Legislative Action Committee / October 2017
Focus Areas: Skilled Staff
Upcoming dates or events to share with general membership
We are currently exploring improved systems around dispute resolution. We are reviewing content from a variety of sources with the idea of developing a position paper on ways to improve the dispute resolution process in Michigan.
We are also working on developing a quarterly reporting format that will go out to the general membership relative to legislative activity.
Stay tuned for more information.
E-Rate – The FCC is considering a policy change which would deeply cut–if not eliminate– IT support for Category 2 (internal connections) within the E-Rate program. Adopted as part of the 2014 modernization, this is a premature policy considering that it would undermine the intent of the 2014 vote and threaten the ability of schools and libraries to access and afford high speed connectivity in their classrooms.
E-Rate provides $3.9 billion in discounts annually to ensure that all public libraries and K- 12 public and private schools gain access to broadband connectivity and robust internal Wi-Fi. As of December 31, 2015, schools and libraries have received over $31 billion in E-Rate funds. In fact, E-Rate is the third largest stream of federal resources in the country, after Title I and IDEA. In fiscal year 2017, Michigan’s schools and libraries received over $36.1 million to support expanding connectivity in the classroom.
Call to Action:The FCC has asked for the public to submit initial Comments on this Public Notice by October 23rd and Reply Comments by November 7th. Schools, districts, educators and parents are asked to file comments telling the FCC to leave E-Rate Category 2 funds alone. A strong response might prevent the FCC from taking action to transfer E-Rate funds. For guidance and tools on how to file comments, go to the resource page on the AASA website: http://aasa.org/content.aspx?id=634.