ERIC Number: ED452012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-18
Reference Count: N/A
E-Rate and American Indian-Serving Schools: Who Applies and Who Gets Funded?
Chaplin, Duncan D.
The federal Universal Service Fund--the E-Rate--helps provide Internet access to schools and libraries. This report analyzes how public schools' participation in the E-Rate program varied by their percentage American Indian enrollment, with a focus on Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools. The analysis covers program Year 1 (January 1998-June 1999) and Year 2 (July 1999-June 2000). Results indicate that most non-BIA schools serving American Indians applied for the E-Rate program. Application rates varied from about 60 percent for schools with 50-80 percent American Indian enrollment to about 80 percent for schools with 0-2 percent American Indians. While application rates generally increased with school size, rates of non-BIA schools with over 80 percent American Indian enrollment were not as clearly related to school size. BIA schools greatly increased their E-Rate use between Years 1 and 2. After a Year-1 application rate of only 35 percent, BIA schools had the highest Year-2 rate of any group of schools analyzed--over 95 percent--and received over 3 times the national average in per-student funding commitments. Total commitments to BIA schools in Year 2 were over $6 million. All BIA applicants were funded. BIA Year-2 application rates were higher than other schools with similar levels of poverty and rural/urban location and much higher than other schools with 100 percent American Indian enrollment. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Students, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Poverty, Public Schools, Racial Composition, Rural Schools, School Size, Urban Schools
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/Technology/erate_amer_indian.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.