The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) requires all public school districts, open enrollment charter schools and education service cooperatives to submit a revised local technology plan in order to comply with the No Child Left Behind legislation and E-Rate requirements.
Technology plans are approved for three years, 2012 through 2015. Plans will be reviewed after the close of the submission window. (Please refer to Commissioner's Memo RT-11-008 dated 10/26/2010; 2012-2015 Local Technology Plan.)
If the technology plan is not submitted, Department of Information Systems (DIS) will lose discounts from the E-Rate program, which will force DIS to pass the Internet and Distance Learning bills back to the districts. Along with being removed from the 2012-2013 State E-Rate application and the jeopardy of not receiving technology funding for the duration of the technology plan from ADE.
Before submitting the technology plan to ADE it must be approved by the local school board and the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) must include the new Internet Protection Act requirements.
The Letter of Agency, Statement of Assurance and FCC Form 479 should be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Education and received by March 2, 2012. These will NOT be accepted via fax, e-mail transmission or postmark letters.
Wilma Toombs, Public School Program Advisor, Arkansas Department of Education, Technology Resources
6020 Ranch Drive, Suite C-8
Little Rock, AR 72223
Please make sure all guidelines have been followed since ADE has a very limited window for review and approval of the technology plans. Technology plans and technology plan signature forms/pages must be completed and received by 4 pm, Friday, March 2, 2012.