The National School Boards Association released the E-rate Schools report in partnership with the Center for Public Education and PSBA. The Federal Communications Commission's Schools and Libraries Universal Service program, commonly known as E-rate, provides discounts to help eligible schools and libraries nationwide obtain telecommunications and internet access. The report provides a snapshot of the districts that participated, what types of projects were funded, and digital learning in schools as well as a comparison of E-rate amounts disbursed by state.
In Pennsylvania, from 2016 – 2019, the total E-rate funds disbursed to schools decreased, but there was an increase in the number of schools receiving these funds. Of those schools, there was an increase in the percentage of funds distributed to low-income schools and a decrease in the percentage of funds allocated to rural schools. To read the full report, click here.