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- 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 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.Ed-Tech Policy Ed-Tech Groups to Congress: More Than $5 Billion Needed to Address Internet Access GapsSchools need help from the federal government to prepare millions of U.S. students for remote learning this fall and beyond.Ed-Tech Policy 5 Insights for How to Tackle the Digital Divide During the Coronavirus and BeyondDistricts are scrambling to purchase new equipment and help families connect to the internet, all while waiting on policy changes for broader relief.Ed-Tech Policy FCC Extends E-Rate Deadlines to Help Schools During School ShutdownsThe FCC said in a statement that the "unprecedented circumstances" brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak merited the deadline extensions.Ed-Tech Policy FCC, Congress Weigh Overhaul of E-Rate to Fund Remote LearningThe Federal Communications Commission is engaging Congress to expand funding for in-home connectivity and devices for teachers and students grappling with the coronavirus crisis.