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Call Congress, keep kids connected

Don’t want to wait until November to take a political stand? Besides voting in your local primary tomorrow, consider calling your Member of Congress. The National School Boards Association is welcoming back legislators with a “Back to School Call-in Day” this Wednesday.

One issue before the legislature is the future of E-Rate, a program that provides funding for internet connectivity for libraries and public schools in rural and low-income school districts, helping to close the “digital divide.” New York State’s schools and libraries received more than $300 million through E-Rate in 2007, using it to get connected and for email and web hosting services, among other things.

Just for fun, a conversation about tech integration in this century and the last:

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