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- Ed-Tech Policy Wi-Fi on School Buses: Smart Move or Stupidest Idea Ever?An FCC proposal to use E-Rate funding to put Wi-Fi on school buses prompted strong reactions on social media.Special Report Laptops & Learning: How Technology Is Giving K-12 Education a New LookEducation Week examines the massive expansion in the use of laptops and digital curricula in K-12 and what it means for student learning.Ed-Tech Policy Homework Gap Could Be Back in Full Force If Lawmakers Don't Act, Education Groups SayCOVID relief funds helped give millions of students internet access during the pandemic, but the money could run out, advocates say.Ed-Tech Policy Reported Essay Remote Learning Isn’t Just for EmergenciesSchools were less prepared for digital learning than they thought they were.Ed-Tech Policy Opinion Why Are We Turning Our Backs on Remote Learning?Neither the detractors nor defenders of remote learning are fully in the right, argues one superintendent.Ed-Tech Policy Letter to the Editor Using E-Rate to Address the Homework GapThe FCC's E-rate program can provide relief to many families, says this letter author from the Internet Society.Ed-Tech Policy Q&A Acting FCC Chair: The 'Homework Gap' Is an 'Especially Cruel' Reality During the PandemicUnder the new leadership of Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC is exploring broadening the E-Rate to cover home-connectivity needs.Special Report K-12 Connectivity Challenges Now and After COVID-19Internet connectivity at home emerged as a huge problem during COVID-19 and will likely continue to be the case for schools next fall.Ed-Tech Policy Millions of Students Got Free Home Internet for Remote Learning. How Long Will It Last?Time and money are running out on temporary agreements between districts and ISPs. Broadband advocates want a federal solution.Ed-Tech Policy FCC Takes One Step Closer to Offering E-Rate Funds for Remote Learning TechnologyAdvocates have urged the FCC to loosen its rules on E-Rate funds so schools can pay for technology that helps students learn remotely.Ed-Tech Policy New York Banned Facial Recognition in Schools. Will Other States Follow?New York schools are prohibited from using the widely criticized biometric identifying technology until at least July 2022.Ed-Tech Policy Dawn of an Education-Friendly FCC? Chairman Ajit Pai Moving OnThe FCC chairman plans to step down from his role at the end of President Donald Trump's term on Jan. 20.Ed-Tech Policy From Our Research Center Many Students Still Lack Home Internet. Here's How Big the Problem Is.Only 11 percent of school district leaders and principals said all their students have the home internet access they need to fully participate in virtual instruction.Ed-Tech Policy Districts: Here's How to Get Some Help With the E-RateEd tech officials: Confused about the E-Rate? The State Educational Technology Directors Association is on the case.Ed-Tech Policy Districts Get Second Shot at E-Rate Funds to Bolster Campus ConnectivitySchool districts now have until Oct. 16 to get their applications in for this new round of funding, thanks to a recent FCC order.