From: Norman J. Jacknis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Mar 19 2001 - 20:21:31 EST
There has been lots of talk recently about Federal plans to curtail the e-rate which helps schools and libraries link up to the Internet. It seems this may be changing.
Bush administration backs away from plan to overhaul E-Rate
For the first time since President George W. Bush released his education plan, "No Child Left Behind," in January, there are indications the Bush administration will not seek to merge the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program into a state-based block grant with other technology programs administered by the Department of Education. In his testimony before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce March 7th, Education Secretary Roderick Paige said Bush would not try to change the structure of the E-Rate, despite the president's earlier statements to the contrary. Paige's comment came during a hearing in which he testified about the President's education plan. Congress is expected to tackle the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this year. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Kozburg confirmed Paige's statement, saying Bush's plan aims to consolidate six ESEA technology grants into a single block grant that-at this time-does not include the E-Rate. "It's
not something that's happening with this round of consolidations," Kozburg said of restructuring the E-Rate. "What we are persuing right now is [the consolidation of] programs that are currently [administered by] the Department of Education."
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