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Afternoon Announcements: Gov. Bob Wise Comments on FCC Action ot Modernize e-Rate

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July 22, 2013 04:10 pm

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“By expanding high-speed internet in the nation’s schools and libraries, the federal government can ensure that teachers and students have access to tools that make learning more personalized and more engaging, making it possible for all students to reach their learning destinations,” Alliance president Bob Wise says in a statement on the Federal Communications Commissions announcement that it will take public comments on a proposal to expand and modernize the e-rate program that provides discounted internet access to schools.Alliance for Excellent Education

“The Student Success Act is heavy on the federal government identifying problems but light on remedies. It also lacks the necessary support for college- and career-ready standards; eliminates or cuts funding for key programs; and omits accountability and improvement provisions for the nation’s high schools,” Alliance president Bob Wise said in a statement on the US House of Representatives vote to pass the Student Success Act, a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Alliance for Excellent Education

Senator Jay Rockefeller from West Virginia writes today on the necessity for schools and libraries to have access to high-speed internet throughout his state. He argues internet access is key for students to compete in a global economy.Huffington Post 

Most parents with children in public schools do not support recent changes in education policy, from closing low-performing schools to shifting public dollars to charter schools to private school vouchers, according to a new poll to be released Monday by the American Federation of Teachers. Washington Post

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