Using Federal Funds to Get Students Connected & Fix the “Homework Gap”

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Billions of federal dollars are currently available to help schools and libraries get students connected online and engaged in high-quality digital learning through the FCC E-Rate and Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) programs. Don’t leave this funding on the table! Learn more about how you can help your district tap into these opportunities to address broadband connectivity and digital learning challenges. Plus, hear from one school business practitioner about how his district has used program funding to purchase digital devices for students and address homework gap issues in New Mexico public schools.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Understand what the E-Rate program is and how to apply.

Objective 2: Understand what the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program is and how to apply.

Objective 3: Learn how to use federal funds to address digital divide and equity issues in your school community.


Martin Romine, SFO, Director of Finance at Zuni Public School District, McKinley County, New Mexico

Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director, Advocacy & Governance at AASA

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Financial Planning, Budget Planning & Analysis



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