Bulletins

Issued: 3/3/2004

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Veon introduced House Bill 2386 to meet Gov. Rendells challenge that legislators fund the creation of a statewide education network for K-12 schools during the next 18 months.

Issued: 2/23/2004

The Schools and Libraries Committee of the Universal Service Administrative Company Feb. 23 authorized the Schools and Libraries Division to begin approving internal connections requests for the 2003 funding year from applicants with discount rates as low as 70 percent, subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

Issued: 2/17/2004

If Cori Capik forgets to jot down a math assignment, she no longer squanders an evening by calling classmates who might also be clueless. With a few clicks of her laptop mouse, the eighth grader at Miamis Palmer Trinity School can easily track down that homework assignment - or any other one she might have missed. And while she's at it, she can peek at her current grades, check the date of her next science quiz, or download the middle-school dance schedule.

Issued: 2/5/2004

In Pennsylvania, many of the states school districts must pay a premium for high-speed telecommunications service because of their location. The lack of affordable access to this technology prevents many schools from using educational materials that are available electronically to other schools using broadband telecommunications.

Issued: 1/26/2004

The Schools and Libraries Committee of the Universal Service Administrative Company January 26 recommended that an additional $1.687 million be budgeted in 2004 for additional resources for the review of E-rate program invoices.

Issued: 1/22/2004

A number of schools have been required to repay some E-rate discounts they received because they were not in compliance with the requirements of the Childrens Internet Protection Act by the date they were supposed to be.

Issued: 1/20/2004

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael K. Powell announced today that he has appointed Lisa M. Zaina as Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Zaina currently serves as senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein.

Issued: 1/15/2004

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. congressional investigators on Thursday asked for details about $5 million worth of telecommunications equipment that SBC Communications Inc. bought for Chicago public schools with government subsidies, but was sitting in warehouses unused.

Issued: 1/6/2004

The leader of a startup technology company and a former Harrisburg, Pa., School District official were charged last month with participating in a nearly $2 million kickback scheme in connection with a federally funded technology contract for the district, authorities say.

Issued: 1/5/2004

As state and local education leaders await word from Washington, D.C., on how much money the federal government will spend on education in 2004, a new survey from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) paints a troubling picture of school technology funding at the state level.