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FCC gives $9m in grants for schools to boost Education Tech

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The Washington D.C.,-based newspaper The Hill reports that the Federal Communications Commission kicked off a $9 million program called “Learning On the Go” related to education technology. The program sends the money to 20 schools and libraries for the 2011-2012 school year. Each school builds a plan to improve access to technology for students outside the classroom. The FCC picks the sites from a competitive grant process. Brendan Sasso writes in the Hill: 

Some of the schools will provide access to e-textbooks for students while others will create online education programs for homebound students unable to attend classes. Officials from the FCC hope to expand and improve the program in the coming years.        

The initiative is part of the FCC’s E-Rate program that aims to improve education through technology. E-Rate is part of the Universal Service Fund, which is funded by required contributions from telecommunications companies.


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