Technology planning is federally mandated for local school agencies seeking technology funding from federal programs, including the Universal Service Fund (E-Rate) and No Child Left Behind legislation (Ed-Tech Guide). This site also includes the Michigan Educational Technology Standards (METS) - K-8 Checklist by Grade Levels.
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund makes discounts available to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services. The Schools and Libraries Program reimburses telecommunications,
Internet access, and internal connections providers for discounts on eligible services provided to schools and libraries. While schools and libraries apply for these discounts, USAC works in conjunction with service providers to make sure these discounts are passed on to program participants.
E-Rate Central specializes in providing consulting, compliance, and forms processing services to E-rate applicants and service providers.