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Afternoon Announcements: Obama Calls for Enhanced E-Rate Program, High Speed Internet in All Schools

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June 06, 2013 08:20 pm

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President Obama spoke at Mooresville Middle School in Mooresville, North Carolina today as part of his Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour. He highlighted the school’s groundbreaking work in digital learning and education technology, with the ultimate goal of increasing high-speed internet access in schools around the country. Alliance president Bob Wise made a statement on the visit. Alliance for Excellent Education

President Obama called for an expansion of the federal E-rate program that would provide high speed internet access in schools across the country. The administration plans to ask the Federal Communications Commission to consider increasing funding to the program, with the goal of providing high-speed broadband and wireless internet access to 99% of schools in the next five years. Politics K-12

Gov. Mike Huckabee, a leading conservative who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, has voiced his support for the Common Core State Standards. He drafted a letter earlier this week to lawmakers in Oklahoma asking them to stick by the standards. The Washington Times

Baltimore County represents the United States as one of the top school districts for graduating students from high school, according to a report released this week by Education Week. The Baltimore Sun

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