10 things that keep superintendents up at night

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
March 21st, 2014

Superintendents share their top concerns at CoSN 2014

superintendent-concernsSchool superintendents deal with a seemingly never-ending list of responsibilities, but some concerns are more pressing than others.

During a CoSN 2014 session moderated by Digital Promise CEO Karen Cator, Matt Akin, superintendent of the Piedmont City School District, and Cynthia Elsberry, superintendent of Horry County Schools, shared some of their top priorities.

Overall, building support for technology initiatives and managing some of the day-to-day issues that accompany these initiatives are things every superintendent deals with, but superintendents also have concerns about data, the digital transition, and more.

(Next page: So, what keeps superintendents up at night?)

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One Response to “10 things that keep superintendents up at night”

March 25, 2014

This is in response to the FCC boost broadband funds article on the front page of the paper copy of eSchool News Vol.17, No. 3

The FCC must recognize that digital learning requires a broadband connection to schools and libraries but also the infrastructure within the site that can deliver the bandwidth without diluting that speed. Spending money on bandwidth without adequate cabling and equipment is wasteful. Schools and libraries lack the infrastructure to use faster connections. Encouraging them to request discounts on a faster Internet without providing adequate funds for internal connections worsens this situation. The decision to deny Priority 2 E-Rate funds guarantees the fastest superhighway to nowhere! On one hand the FCC champions the idea of high speed broadband as a basic 21st Century tool. On the other hand, they stop it at the schools’ and libraries’ front door.
Priority 2 funds “that” which carries the Internet connection to the students, teachers, and library patrons. The FCC should RECONSIDER eliminating Priority 2 E-Rate funds and immediately RESCIND the decision to DENY all Priority 2 applications.