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Birmingham schools get $13.9 million in eRate discounts…

With the seventh wave of funding commitments issued Feb. 3, Birmingham (Ala.) Public Schools became the largest single recipient of eRate funding to date. The district, which qualifies for an…

…as the money keeps rolling in

Since the last issue of eRate Update, an additional $545 million in funding has been committed to 8,000 applicants. With the seventh wave of funding commitments issued Feb. 3, more…

eRate filing deadline extended to April 6

Responding to the concerns of schools and libraries that have yet to learn the status of their 1998 eRate applications, the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service…

Sen. McCain resurrects push for internet content filters

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has reintroduced a bill that would require schools and libraries receiving eRate discounts to install filtering software on their computers. The bill—which is nearly identical to…

House Republicans craft ‘eRate Termination Act’ to end funding

At least three members of the U.S. House of Representatives have announced their intention to kill the eRate, which helps schools and libraries defray the cost of connecting to the…

Product Spotlight

Compaq TechBuilder Compaq Computer Corp. has unveiled a new service called TechBuilder, a technology planning and assessment tool designed to help K-12 schools get the most out of their technology…

Newslines–Mattel to buy The Learning Company

Toy maker Mattel Inc. announced plans to acquire educational software giant The Learning Company for $3.8 billion in stock. The marriage of the traditional-toy and educational-software empires, announced Dec. 14,…

eSN netWATCH

Curriculum Best new instructional resources on the internet Explore history in the making with “The Impeachment Vote” http://pbs.org/newshour/impeachment/index.html In December, William Jefferson Clinton became just the second U.S. president to…

Grant Awards

$3.5 million from CharitaBulls To fund an after-school program called Bulls Scholars, $3.5 million over three years to the Children First Fund, the foundation of the Chicago Public Schools. The…

Grants & Funding–Bring out the top brass to land the big gifts

It’s a well-known fact in non-profit fundraising circles: Individuals give the majority of charitable dollars. Here’s another: The single best way to secure a gift is a face-to-face meeting. As…