CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement applauding the increase in funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program included in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies’ FY 2021 spending bill
“CoSN welcomes U.S. House appropriators’ proposed $10 million increase in funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program, a critical component of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act that allows school systems to invest in technology infrastructure.
“As school districts prepare to serve millions of students remotely during the next school year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, additional federal funding for technology and related professional development for effective distance learning is essential.
“The SSAEG program supports school districts by promoting digital equity. While this proposed increase still does not meet the $1.65 billion authorized for the SSAEG program, CoSN strongly urges all of Congress to support it, particularly during this incredibly challenging time for students, families and teachers.”
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org