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Document Number: 10257

The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs - The authors of this report argue that high-speed broadband is now a vital component of K-12 school infrastructure and that with easy access to reliable, robust, and cost-effective broadband, we can ensure that each studentís school experience mirrors evolving societal expectations for public education. Included in the report are four recommendations for policymakers and school leaders committed to charting a course for the future of K-12 education enabled by broadband: Schools and districts must meet specified minimum bandwidth targets; ensure access to broadband outside of schools including, but not limited to, the home and such publicly accessible institutions as libraries and community centers; all states should provide direct leadership in the development and implementation of programs; and the federal government must increase funding options. (State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), 2012) ...

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