ERIC Number: ED423876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-16
Reference Count: N/A
Telecommunications and Information Technology: Federal Programs that Can Be Used To Fund Technology for Schools and Libraries. Statement of Carlotta C. Joyner, Director, Education and Employment Issues. Testimony before the Committee on Commerce and the Committee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
This statement presents the results of work to date on federal programs that can be used to fund telecommunications and information technology for public and private elementary and secondary schools (grades K-12) and public libraries. At least 27 programs provide funding that may be used to purchase this technology for schools or libraries. For example, four of the programs specifically target technology funding to schools or libraries. Three of these have a combined fiscal year 1998 funding level totaling $565 million. The other program--the universal service discount for schools or libraries, also called the "e-rate"--has a funding level of $1.925 billion for the first funding period (the 18-month period beginning January 1998). Under this program, discounts can be provided to eligible schools or libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections; however, no discounts have yet been funded. The remaining 23 programs do not specifically target technology for schools or libraries but provide funds that can be used for other purposes as well as technology. Others target technology but not exclusively schools or libraries as recipients or technology as a program purpose, but funds may go to schools or libraries and may be used for technology. Except for programs targeted both to technology and to schools or libraries, limited information is available on the amounts spent for technology. All the federal programs are authorized by law. Some statutes specifically authorize technology or telecommunications programs; others have authorization broad enough to allow these users. A table showing federal funding programs for technology is appended. (AEF)
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Information Technology, Internet, Library Funding, Public Libraries, Technology Integration, Telecommunications
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.