AASA Leadership to Speak at Senate Briefing on E-Rate


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – August 27, 2017 – Eric C. Eshbach, superintendent of the Northern York County (Dillsburg, Penn.) School District and a member of AASA’s Executive Committee, will participate in a Capitol Hill briefing about E-Rate, Friday, April 28, 2017.

The briefing is designed provide a better understanding of the Federal Communications Commission’s Schools and Libraries Program (more commonly known as “E-Rate”). As a program funded through the FCC’s Universal Service Fund, E-Rate has transformed access and affordability to internet connectivity in the nation’s public and private schools, and public libraries since its inception in 1996.

“It will be an honor to represent the voice of superintendents across the country during Friday’s important discussion. I'm especially excited to share the perspective of small, rural districts and the impact connectivity has on ensuring each student has access to high quality 21st-century instruction, no matter where they live,” said Eshbach. “Education has evolved to a point in which digital access is no longer a luxury, but essential in preparing our students for the world in which they live. For each of our communities across the country, it is critical that every school and library has access to broadband connectivity. I look forward to Friday’s meeting.”

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How E-Rate operates since the 2014 FCC Modernization Orders;
  • How E-Rate improves public and private school student educational experiences and educator professional learning opportunities;
  • How E-Rate connectivity enhances the services public libraries provide to patrons;
  • Where E-Rate goes from here.

For specific questions about E-Rate , please contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.