Schools tap federal program to assist with common core tech costs

Faced with the need to upgrade technology in advance of administering online tests under the Common Core State Standards, many states and districts are seeking funds from the federal E-rate program. Officials say they intend to use the discounts to increase bandwidth and improve Internet speed and capacity. However, advocates say it's unclear how much the E-rate program, which already receives more requests each year than it can fill, can do to help.

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