FCC Commits Another $240 Million in Emergency Connectivity Fund Support to Connect Students, Schools and Libraries

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FCC Commits Another $240 Million in Emergency Connectivity Fund Support to Connect Students, Schools and Libraries

Today, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced the commitment of $240 million in its eighth wave of the Emergency Connectivity Fund program support. This funding is critical to keeping students connected for coursework and online educational resources, benefiting 12 million students across the nation and helping to close the homework gap.

AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech serves on the USAC Board, which oversees the administration of the E-Rate and ECF programs. As part of the USAC Board meeting this week, Dan was reappointed as chair of the schools and libraries subcommittee. Coming out of this week's meeting, he is committed to working with USAC and FCC leadership to ensure quick release of the remaining ECF funds so schools can put them to immediate use.

AASA Signs Letter Asking for Transparency in OT Rule

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AASA Signs Letter Asking for Transparency in OT Rule

AASA joined more than 100 employer organizations in signing a letter to Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to hold stakeholder meetings prior to the development and issuance of its anticipated proposed rulemaking on the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In the letter the organizations explain, “This will be a significant rulemaking with respect to cost, difficulty in implementation and impact on the workforce, particularly given the current acute labor shortages. Our organizations urge DOL to follow past precedents and hold meetings with the regulated community to obtain input on the potential impact of any changes to the overtime exemption requirements.”

DOL would benefit from stakeholder input on the current economic situation and the potential impact new overtime regulations could have on the workforce and economy. Past administrations have held such meetings, and the employer organizations strongly urge the Biden DOL to follow suit. Given the vast increases in remote work and concerns around historic increases in inflation, it is particularly important for DOL to gather input before issuing a proposed regulation.