The Board of Education recognizes that the Federal E-Rate Program supports bringing technology to the classroom. Under E-Rate, schools may receive discounts for eligible telecommunications products, services, Internet access and internal connections and basic maintenance for internal connections. Overall, nationwide, E-Rate annually provides $2.25 billion in technology discounts based on the percentage of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program at the school. The purpose of this policy is to: (a) require district-wide application(s) for E-Rate funding in lieu of various individual school applications; (b) identify a central point of management and accountability for E-Rate applications and compliance; (c) identify protocols for Prince George’s County Public Schools' (PGCPS) participation in the Federal E-Rate program; (d) optimize funding opportunities and maximize participation in the E-Rate program to address the technology needs of PGCPS; (e) ensure that the school district satisfies the complex rules and compliance requirements associated with E-Rate funding.
Updated June 20, 2011