NASSP Applauds FCC Vote to Expand School Broadband
Reston, Va. – NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement upon the vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand the E-Rate program:
NASSP applauds the FCC for its decision to expand funding for the federal E-Rate program and enhance broadband Internet access for schools.
The FCC vote reflects our national commitment to educational excellence and equity. A solid technology infrastructure in schools places a world of knowledge, expertise, and resources at students’ fingertips, and empowers students to develop and practice the skills they will need to meet the high standards for college and career readiness states are currently implementing. And as NASSP Digital Principal Daisy Dyer Duerr highlighted to the FCC prior to its vote, the $1.5 billion annual increase will serve to ensure that students in rural areas of the country are no longer penalized with limited broadband access simply because of their remote location.
Reliable broadband access is an essential complement to the connected leadership principals provide in schools across the nation. We are optimistic for the opportunities this expansion will provide to schools, and we look forward to working with school leaders to make the most of those opportunities.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.