Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT)
The EETT is a federal program with its primary goal to improve student achievement through the use of instructional technologies in elementary and secondary schools. Other goals include helping all students become technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade and to integrate technology with teacher training and curriculum development to establish research-based instructional methods that can be widely implemented. EETT awards are made to State Education Agencies (SEAs), which must allocate at least 95 percent of those funds for subgrants. Of the subgrant funds, up to one-half may be awarded based on a formula and up to 100 percent may be awarded on a competitive basis. As the SEA, the California Department of Education (CDE) administers the EETT programs for both the formula and competitive grant programs.
The E-rate program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The CDE provides E-rate support services to the LEAs. The E-rate program was set up in 1997 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Order was designed to ensure that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. The E-rate program provides discounts to schools and libraries of 20 percent to 90 percent for eligible telecommunications services, depending on economic need and location (urban or rural). The level of discount is based on the percentage of students eligible for participation in the National School Lunch Program.