Capitol Hill

CoSN is a strong presence and voice in the policy debates at the national and state level serving as a champion of policies required to power next-generation learning environments. Our 2019 policy agenda focuses on securing robust funding for ed tech, strengthening E-Rate, protecting the privacy and security of student data and promoting digital equity. We provide our members with the tools and resources to be successful advocates on these issues.

2019 Key Public Policy Issues

E-rate and Classroom Broadband Access 

EdTech Funding 

Privacy and Data Security

Digital Equity


EdTech Policy News

What's New? 
  • CoSN joined with AASA and ASBO to submit comment to the FCC regarding the modernization of the E-rate program for schools and libraries (September 3, 2019)
  • CoSN members urged to contact members of Congress to oppose the FCC's proposed Universal Service Fund (E-rate) caps. (August 16, 2019)
  • CoSN joined with national groups in filing this letter with the FCC in the EBS proceeding regarding rural deployment (July 8, 2019)
  • CoSN joins with SHLB  coalition regarding the use of E-rate funds to build certain fiber networks 
  • CoSN expresses dismay at FCC’s Proposed Change to Educational Broadband Service
  • CoSN joined with a broad coalition of groups expressing opposition to an overall cap on the Universal Service Fund (June 14, 2019)
  • CoSN joined Connect Americans Now in asking the FCC to make changes that would help bring broadband connectivity to rural America. (June 14, 2019) 
  • CoSN responds to FCC's Proposed Rulemaking on the Universal Service Fund (June 3, 2019)
  • CoSN and SETDA ask FCC to delay action on Educational Broadband Services so that additional information can be provided.
  • CoSN issued a statement applauding House Appropriations Committee approval of $1.3 billion for Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment State Grants, an increase of $150 million over the previous year.
  • CoSN joins with the Title IV Coalition in thanking the House Appropriations Subcommittee for increasing the Title IV-A ( student support and academic enrichment program) by 13% to $1.3 Billion. 
  • CoSN joined with a large group of organizations in asking the FCC to ensure that the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) continues to serve its educational purposes. 
  • CoSN applauds Digital Equity bill introduced in the Senate.
  • CoSN is participating in the April 10 Day of Action to increase funding for edtech. Contact Congress now using the Rally Congress tool. See the Day of Action Toolkit for background information. 
  • CoSN members urged to reach out to Congress and restore net neutrality



CoSN State Advocacy

We work at the state level on several policy issues. In 2018, CoSN worked collaboratively with our chapters in:
  • Watch CALET leaders discuss their partnership with CoSN to expand their direct advocacy capacity. 
  • Learn advocacy strategies from this new video describing how CALET shaped Colorado’s student data privacy law.
  • CoSN was pleased to work with the Texas K-12 CTO Council to support the chapter's annual Capitol Walk. Chapter members met with state legislators to talk about their district's EdTech needs and the Council developed this terrific video to recap their successful advocacy day. 
Our state advocacy toolkit has helpful hints to assist in your efforts. Download your copy.



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