CoSN Applauds President Obama’s Call for Greater Investment in Ed Tech

Last night's State of the Union covered dozens of topics, but ed tech advocates nationwide perked up when President Obama mentioned his hopes for the ConnectED program. The program is still in its planning stages, but the President filled us in on some of the exciting progress that has been made so far, stating:

"Last year, I...pledged to connect 99 percent of our students to high-speed broadband over the next four years. Tonight, I can announce that with the support of the FCC and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon, we've got a down payment to star connecting more than 15,000 schools and twenty million students over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit."

CoSN has been a strong advocate of broadband and E-rate reform and an enthusiastic supporter of ConnectED since its announcement in June, and we're thrilled to see the steps that are being taken to fulfill it. Our CEO, Keith Krueger, issued the following remarks:

“Modern technological tools and faster, stronger broadband access are critical to improving educational equity and helping students acquire the skills needed to succeed after graduation. This should not be a partisan goal. This investment can improve learning environments in classrooms and communities across America and should unite all Americans.

"We congratulate the President’s spotlight on the ConnectED initiative. We encourage the Federal Communications Commission to take action to achieve this vision. We must modernize and increase investment in the E-rate program now. It’s an investment that will better lives and learning outcomes and positively impact our nation’s economic future.”

Now is truly the critical time to make sure ed tech policy reflects our students' needs. Make sure to visit our website for the most up-to-date information on E-rate reform. Together, we will keep fighting!