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Victory! NEA’s push to equip students for remote learning gets results

President Biden’s first legislative package, the American Rescue Plan, created a $7.2 billion emergency fund to equip students for remote learning via the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program, as NEA advocated. On May 11, the FCC announced that the program has launched. “The FCC’s action shows the power of the voices of educators advocating for our students,” said NEA President Becky Pringle. “In today’s world, access to the internet is essential for learning. It is critical for conducting research, doing homework, and, when school buildings are closed, attending class. This was true before the COVID-19, and is even more important now coming out of this pandemic.”

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