E-rate Funding for Web Hosting is Critical, Say K-12 Administrators

One hundred percent of K-12 district administrators participating in a national survey responded that Web hosting should remain funded as a Priority One Service within the E-rate program.

Key findings from districts that participated in the survey include:

·98 percent state that district, school, and classroom websites perform critical educational functions.

·95 percent state that websites provide a cost effective mechanism for sharing relevant and timely information.

·85 percent state that websites strengthen parent engagement.

·75 percent state that websites increase out-of-school learning time.

·61 percent state that websites level the playing field across rural and urban schools

Web hosting includes storage, access, and website administration tools for the creation and maintenance of a district’s website. In addition, Web hosting includes interactive communication features such as blogging and webmail, and other features that facilitate real-time interactive communication, such as instant messaging and chat. More than 5,000 school districts nationwide filed for E-rate support for Web hosting for the 2014-2015 funding year.