‘Giant Leap’ Forward with ConnectED

President Obama Calls for Dramatic Increase in E-Rate to Provide All Students with 21st Century Online and Digital Learning Environment
Washington, DC
Thursday, June 6, 2013

Washington, DC (June 6, 2013) – Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), today praised President Obama’s launch of ConnectED – a national education initiative to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the Internet. President Obama announced the endeavor today at North Carolina’s Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD). MGSD Superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards is a member of CoSN’s Board of Directors.

“President Obama’s announcement is a giant leap toward realizing CoSN’s and the Administration’s shared goal of ensuring that all students have adequate bandwidth to maximize online and digital learning,” said Krueger. “We have long advocated the need to equip classrooms with greater bandwidth and provide E-Rate with additional funding. The bold vision put forth by the President can be realized by adding just a few pennies per month to our phone bills and is an investment that will create a 21st century learning environment. This is an investment that we cannot afford not to make.”

Last March, MGSD, a pioneer of a cutting-edge, digitally based educational curriculum, received the 2013 Team Award at CoSN’s Annual Conference, and in October 2012, MGSD hosted CoSN’s inaugural Teaming for Transformation cadre. To learn more about CoSN’s advocacy and policy efforts, please visit: www.cosn.org/Advocacy

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.