FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE and Funds For Learning create an E-rate community and webinar series
Expert help for schools and districts navigating the E-rate application process

PRINCETON, NJ, December 11, 2013 – Funds For Learning, a professional firm specializing in the federal E-rate funding program, has launched a free professional learning community, Your Online Guide to E-rate Funding, on

The community provides a place where school and district administrators can keep on top of current trends, news, rules and deadlines for the current filing window, and where educators can exchange ideas, ask questions, and share tips on how to navigate the federal E-rate funding program right up to the filing deadline in March 2014.

“The Federal E-rate program is an important initiative for schools to meet President Obama’s ConnectED goals for 99% of America’s students to have access to high-speed Internet connectivity within 5 years,” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO, “We’re delighted to help Funds For Learning use online connectivity via edWeb to guide administrators through a complex process.”

The community provides a series of free webinars with experienced Compliance Analysts from the Funds For Learning team. The presentations will provide best practices and tips to ensure a successful filing. At the completion of the three-part series, applicants will have a better understanding of the forms and procedures necessary during the E-rate application process, as well as retaining applicable documentation to verify program compliance. Register for the upcoming three-part series, Cracking the E-rate Filing Window:
December 12, Part 1. Making the Most of Your E-rate Applications
January 9, Part 2. Best practices for your organization
February 13, Part 3. Filing tips to keep in mind
The first webinar, presented in October by Brian Stephens, Senior Technology and Regulatory Analyst, presented an overview of the responses to the FCC survey and E-rate 2.0 program, and was followed by a session helping administrators be proactive in their approach to the new filing window.

“Funds For Learning is dedicated to showing applicants how to effectively manage the E-rate program and a big part of that process is understanding requirements of the filing window,” said Brian Stephens, senior technology and regulatory analyst, Funds For Learning. “This webinar series will focus on navigating the filing window, avoiding common pitfalls, and being aware of regulatory requirements.”

School administrators can join the free program, Your Online Guide to E-rate Funding, to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in on discussions with peers, ask questions about the filing process, and gain access to valuable resources.

For more information, contact:

Jenifer Morack, Program Development,
800-575-6015 ext 109 |

Verlyne Jolley | Compliance and Regulatory Director, Funds For Learning
847-499-8200 |

About is a professional social and learning network for the education community that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb hosts free professional learning communities on key topics in education and won the 2012 Edublog Award for Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators. edWeb reaches 3.5 million educators in the U.S. through our membership and our partnership with MCH Strategic Data. Learn more at Follow @edwebnet on Twitter.

About Funds For Learning
Funds For Learning is a team of highly qualified professionals with over 170 years of combined E-rate experience. Since 1997, Funds For Learning has helped applicants nationwide and currently serves over 700 clients in 50 states. In addition to helping school and library clients apply for support, Funds For Learning is an active advocate for all E-rate stakeholders. Building on their breadth and depth of experience, Funds For Learning has developed an award-winning web-based service called E-rate Manager that is a tool to help program participants prepare and organize their paperwork and stay on top of all their E-rate information. Learn more at


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