CUE LEADS EFFORT FOR NET NEUTRALITY AND INTERNET ACCESS
IN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS AND HOMES
-- Initiates Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR-7) --
Walnut Creek, Calif., May 4, 2017 – In order to maintain free and accessible Internet for all, CUE, an educational non-profit is leading efforts in California by initiating Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR-7) authored by Assembly Member and Speaker Pro-Tem, Kevin Mullin. AJR-7 urges the President of the United States and Congress to continue to protect net neutrality, open Internet access, the Lifeline program which offers discounted Internet access to low-income customers, and the E-Rate program providing discounted telecommunication and Internet access to schools and libraries.
“We cannot expect students to be successful if we take away or limit their ability to access the Internet,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO. “Reliable broadband is absolutely essential for both our students and our teachers to be successful. Dependable access allows educators to significantly expand teaching and learning opportunities.” Read the full text of AJR-7 here.
CUE’s Legislative Policy Consultant, John Cradler, described the decision to initiate and support AJR-7 as being “first and foremost about educating students more effectively by greatly expanding access to critical information and communications opportunities.” Cradler further explained that AJR-7 establishes the provision and maintenance of equitable access to technology, broadband Internet access services, digital content, and management tools. In turn, these tools and access to them make it possible for all students, teachers, and school administrators in California, including those in rural and other underserved areas, to provide equal educational resources to all students at all education levels.
According to Cradler, AJR-7 has been introduced in the State Assembly with broad support ranging from school districts, county offices of education, National education associations, and has other members of both the State Assembly and Senate agreeing to be co-authors. A hearing on the resolution is scheduled for the afternoon of May 10 in the California State Capitol building, room TBD.
In addition, support letters have been received by San Mateo and Napa County Offices of Education, the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), the State Educational Technology Directors Association, the Consortium for School Networking, and the Association for California School Administrators.
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CUE is an educational non-profit organization representing over 10,000 teachers and school administrators established in 1978. Educational technology professional development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing professional development in the effective use of technology to educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers. CUE recognizes that California schools serve students of increasingly diverse needs and backgrounds who must be ready to succeed in a rapidly advancing technological society. CUE believes that technology is a critical instructional resource required for all K20 teachers, administrators, and students. www.cue.org
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