News on MSBA's Platform Issues
Telecommunications Equity Aid
The MSBA Platform urges the Legislature to permanently and fully fund the K-12 Telecommunications Equity Aid (TEA) so every school district has affordable access to Broadband.
TEA was designed to fully fund the access to high speed internet service costs realized by MN K-12 school districts and level the playing field for all MN schools.
At the current funding levels for this program, the equity is diminished and many schools are paying more for broadband services when compared to other districts.
The current appropriation for public schools is capped at $3.75 million when the cost to fully fund the program is approximately $9.5 million.
Internet access is crucial to schools as digital content becomes more commonplace. Mobile phones, Chromebooks and other electronic devices are a must for today's students. But just as important is access by teachers and other key staff for accounting, procurement and transportation to name just a few.
MSBA is attaching the Telecommunication
Access Equity Aid
so you can see what the reimbursed costs are for your district, as well as statewide.
Telecommunications Access Aid should be fully funded to ensure
equitable access to Internet connectivity for all students.
Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to support SF 936 and HF 881.