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February 20, 2024

E-Rate Funding

Application filing window is now open!

The application filing window will close on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Be sure to submit your application today!  More information can be found on the USAC website.


National Legislative Update

In This Week's Legislative Update:

FY24 Appropriations Update

There is good news and bad news. The good news is that Congress has made some important moves towards finalizing FY24 appropriations. The bad news is that those allocation numbers are not public. What we do know is that other programs in our “pot” (LHHS) have had some changes that require increases, meaning that cuts will have to be made elsewhere. Read the full update below.


National Education Technology Plan  

USED released its 2024 National Educational Technology Plan and our legislative update provides web resources and a PDF.


Department of Energy Technical Assistance 

A possible opportunity for members: The Department of Energy has developed the Efficient and Healthy Schools Program to provide 1:1 technical assistance support for rural and underserved schools to improve energy performance and indoor air quality.


Unlock the Power of Business Strategy for Your ESA

There are two unique options this spring offered exclusively for ESAs leadership teams. Learn more about how these workshops can set you and your team up for success.


More Professional Learning from AESA

Take a look at all the upcoming AESA Professional Learning

opportunities summarized here in its own newsletter twice each month!


Free Webinar from AESA Business Partner PlanMember

Free Webinar from Plan Member | Thursday, Feb 29, 1 PM Eastern (12 noon Central; 11 am Mountain; 10 am Pacific; 9 am Alaska)


Can a 475b Plan Help Your Employees?

AESA’s trusted retirement plan partner, PlanMember, has an exclusive 457b plan that can be implemented in any ESA alongside your existing 403b options. There are many benefits of pairing a 457b plan with your 403b plan, such as exclusive pricing for AESA members. Plus, there are no costs to establish a 457b.


Steve Bresler, PlanMember’s AESA Director, is hosting a brief webinar on Thursday, Feb 29 at 1 pm Eastern to share detailed information with anyone interested in learning more. He will also discuss details of the Secure Act 2.0 legislation and how that impacts ESAs in 2024.


Please join Steve to examine if adopting a 457b plan can benefit your organization and help your employees improve their retirement outcomes. 


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