Congress approved this study to help policymakers’ better understand the role that home broadband access plays in supporting learning and the obstacles students and teachers face when out-of-school broadband access is absent or anemic (the so called “Homework Gap”). The study complements the Federal Communications Commission’s 2014 decision to update and expand the E-rate program to improve school-based broadband connectivity and the agency’s ongoing rulemaking to enable eligible households to use Lifeline Program subsidies to secure home broadband access.
Districts MUST, under the new statute, use at least twenty percent of their SSAEG funds for well- rounded educational opportunities; and at least twenty percent of funding for safe and healthy students programs. The remaining sixty percent may be used for activities to support the effective use of technology and at least a “portion” must be used for at least one activity supporting the effective use of technology.
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