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CoSN is working to advance policies that provide sustainable and robust investment in the technology required to power next-generation learning environments. We provide our members with the resources and knowledge necessary to be effective advocates at the Federal and State levels. Our current policy efforts focus on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), providing high capacity broadband for all students in schools and at home, seeking substantial funding for technology programs and protecting student data.  

2018 Key Policy Issues

E-rate and Classroom Broadband Access 

EdTech Funding 

Privacy and Data Security

 

CoSN Education Technology News - Updated November 20, 2018

Significant partisan disagreements on education policy are emerging in the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration. CoSN will provide updates to keep you informed. 

2017 Archived policy alerts

HELP PROTECT E-RATE. SUBMIT FCC FEEDBACK HERE

What's New? 

  • CoSN's Washington Update - November 2018 (a member-only must-read on how this new Congress will impact edtech)
  • California Lawmakers Pass Net Neutrality Bill. Read CoSN's statement on the legislation (September 4, 2018)
  • CoSN filed comments to the FCC rulemaking regarding the future of Educational Broadband System licensing. File a reply comment to make your voice heard by Septemeber 7, 2018! (August 30, 2018)
  • CoSN joins Title IV-A Coalition to challenge the  Department of Education's consideration to allow districts to use SSAE grant funds to purchase firearms (August 23, 2018)
  • CoSN filed comments encouraging the FCC to adopt improvement to the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) regulatory framework to help schools districts acquire and use this spectrum (August 10, 2018) 
  • CoSN sends letter to MD Department of Education concerning House Bill 1110 requiring the development of health and safety best practices for the use of digital devices in classrooms (August 7, 2018).
  • CoSN supports California Senate Bill 822 to protect net neutrality for school districts (August 7, 2018 ). 
  •  June 13th, 2018 is National Day of Action to advocate for full funding of the Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program. 
  • CoSN supports bill introduced by Senators Udall and Gardner making Wi-Fi access on school buses an eligible use of the E-Rate program (May 29, 2018).
  • ACT NOW: Contact your Congressional Representative and urge them to restore net neutrality (May 25, 2018).
  • CoSN applauds Senate approval of resolution to restore net neutrality - Full Statement (May 23, 2018) 
  • CoSN Statement on Senate Action to Restore Net Neutrality - Full Statement (May 9, 2018)
  • On May 1, the FCC send a letter to USAC directing them to permit the applications and clarify Form 470 and related program guidance for FY2019. Read the FCC's letter here
  • Statement on the student home digital access report published by the Institute of Education Sciences’ 
  • CoSN Statement on Congressional Support for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program 
  • Nearly 100 school technology leaders from across the country visited with policymakers during the CoSN, ISTE and SETDA EdTech Policy Summit held March 15, 2018 and urged support for critical education technology policies and programs. Press Release (March 15, 2018)
  • CoSN: "President's Budget Takes Misguided Approach to Educational Investment" - Full Statement (February 12, 2018) 
  • Coalition letter to the Institute of Education Sciences' (IES) regarding their efforts to produce a report on student home access to digital learning resources.
  • CoSN Statement on President Trump's Rural Broadband Executive Order - Full Statement (January 9, 2018)
  • CoSN: AGGRESSIVE NET NEUTRALITY PLAN RAISES TROUBLING QUESTIONS FOR SCHOOLS - Full Statement (December 14, 2017)
  • FCC Chairman Pai released his draft proposal and fact sheet for changes to the agency’s Net Neutrality rules. Commissioners are expected to vote on December 14 on two Orders designed to roll back the rules.
  • Send a clear message to the FCC on net neutrality. Please click here to express your opposition to eliminating the FCC's Net Neutrality protections. When you reach the FCC's express comment page, you must reference proceeding "17-108".
  • Read an interview with FCC Commissioner Rosenwercel about her priorities.
  • CoSN, along with several other educational organizations, expressed support for the Department of Education’s decision to highlight open educational resources as part of the proposed discretionary grant priorities.
  • CoSN joined with a broad coalition of groups asking the FCC to preserve the Lifeline Program because of its implications for low-income families and its importance in decreasing the digital divide. Along with 54 other education groups, CoSN registered support for high-speed broadband and wifi through E-rate category 2 services.
  • CoSN, along with EducationSuperhighway and Funds for Learning submitted comments to the FCC on C2 Budget 
  • CoSN submitted comments to the FCC calling for the maintenance of 2014 E-rate modernization broadband goals and the adoption of ambitious connectivity goals for fixed and mobile broadband service.

CoSN's 2017 Policy Impact 

cosn's state advocacy toolkit

review cosn's 2016 policy impact here

Keith's video message on advocacy

message from CoSN CEO Keith Krueger on advocacy. Join the network to stay up to date on the issues and make your voice heard.

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