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CoSN is committed to realizing the potential of technology to improve teaching and learning. In 2016, we are focusing our advocacy on efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), strengthen student data privacy laws, and ensure robust technology funding in the Department of Education’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget. We, at CoSN, will provide the knowledge and resources you need to add your voice to the policy making process.



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CoSN 2016 Policy Agenda

CoSN Policy Agenda - 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

What's New?

  • Thanks to your quick action, Senators Ed Markey and Ron Wyden heard the concerns of CoSN and its members. They lifted the hold on FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel's reconfirmation. This is good news. Now Commissioner Rosenworcel's nomination must be approved by the U.S. Senate before Congress adjourns for the year. CoSN plans to work hard on her behalf. We will keep you posted on future actions that might be necessary.
  • CoSN’s Call to Action urges President-elect Trump and the new Congress to advance digital equity by adequately funding existing programs, increasing broadband access for all students and developing new policies to support education transformation with technology.
  • CoSN joined with the Title IV Coalition to call for increased FY 2017 funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG) Program. 
  • Tools for State Legislative Advocacy
    CoSN is providing resources to help you be an effective advocate at the state level. From learning the basics, like what exactly is a bill to what questions you should be asking policymakers, the CoSN resources will empower you to take the right steps and ensure your voice is heard. You can make the difference! 
  • New Resources: Election 2016 Questions to Ask Candidates and 7 Ways You Can be an Education Advocate 
  • Statement of the Title IV, Part A Coalition on the House Labor HHS Education Subcommittee’s Action on Education Funding
  • CoSN issued a statement on the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies vote to provide $1 billion in FY 2017 funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG) Program.
  • CoSN issued a statement calling the proposed Senate subcommittee funding levels for ed technology inadequate and disappointing.
  • Congress is home until June 3a key time to contact your Senators and Representative to stress the importance of ed tech funding. Here is some background and suggested actions that you can take.
  • Learn about strategies for using the new Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program (Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act) to support state and school district OER initiatives.
  • CoSN joined a coalition of public interest groups, tech companies and industry associations calling on the White House to push to open up the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi, sharing the spectrum otherwise dedicated to short-range communications (DSRC) service systems
  • CoSN has prepared talking points on student privacy, ed tech funding and E-rate for our members to use in communicating with Congress.
  • President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2017 request for education funding; in response, CoSN called upon Congress to increase funding for ed tech. CoSN also sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee and joined with a broad-based coalition of national and state associations calling for robust ed tech funding. Representatives Kline and Scott sent a letter to Congressional appropriators asking for full funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAEG) grant program. Please contact your Senators and Representatives now and urge them to ask the Appropriations Committees to provide $1.6 billion for the SSAE grant program. You can send a letter through the Advocacy Network.
  • President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Actlegislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. CoSN applauded the legislation as a step towards advancing the national commitment to education technology.
  • CoSN filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission on reform of the Lifeline Program. A second filing provided additional information on bandwidth needs of students outside of school.
  • CoSN submitted comments to the Department of Education regarding Open Licensing Requirements for direct grants. CoSN also worked with other groups to develop an FAQ answering questions about open educational resources (OER) for K-12 educators.
  • The Department of Education released its 2016 National Education Technology PlanFuture Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education. A CoSN statement praised the plan and its critical focus on school leadership and digital equity.

How Can I Get Involved?


Join the CoSN Advocacy Network

Listen to a message from CoSN CEO Keith Krueger on advocacy. Join the network to stay up to date on the issues and make your voice heard.

Attend the Annual Advocacy Dinner & Auction

Each year, CoSN hosts an Advocacy Dinner & Auction as part of our Annual Conference. Save the date for the next dinner and auction, April 4 in Chicago, IL.

Make a Donation to Support CoSN’s Advocacy Efforts

Your donation supports educator advocates, underwrites CoSN’s professional policy experts, and builds advocacy tools. Our efforts would not be possible without your generous support. Become a Friend of Advocacy and make an individual or corporate donation.

2016 Friends of Advocacy

John Harrington
Sally Jamerson
Lillian Kellogg
Gary Mainor
John Q. Porter
Melissa Sheehan
Charles P. Amos
Keith Krueger
Gary Mainor
Melissa Sheehan
Mike Bridge
Jhone Ebert
Marla Gaddis
Frank Gallagher
Anton Inglese
Arjan Khalsa
Paula Maylahn
Sean McDonough
Michael Minihane
Sean Murphy
Alice Owen
John Q. Porter
Cynthia Schultz
Melissa Tebbenkamp
Jean Tower
Lewis Wynn
Tony Arbisi
Cindy Bingman
William Blaylock
Michael Flood
Lucy Gray
Mike Guerena
Sharnell S. Jackson
Cindy Johann
Steven Langford
David Long
Vicki Lyons
Phil Morris
Gayle J. Nelson
Chris Oskuie
Kecia Ray
John Renna
Ron Reyer
Jason Rooks
Sean E. Smith
Derrick Unruh
Dave Wilson