Abstract: Improving Connectivity in California K-12 Public Schools: the BIIG grant program and findings from the statewide needs assessment

Presenter(s): Cindy Kazanis, California Department of Education • Luis Wong, Imperial County Office of Education

Recognizing the need for adequate infrastructure to support computer-based assessments, Governor Brown included $26,689,000 (Senate Bill 852) in one-time funding in the 2014-15 budget to support broadband infrastructure improvement grants. In addition to the infrastructure grants, the language also requires the completion of a statewide report of network connectivity infrastructure by the California K-12 High-Speed Network (K12HSN) in consultation with the Department of Education and the State Board of Education.

This presentation will share up-to-date progress of these efforts, lessons learned and next steps of this critical work to enhance broadband access to K12 schools in California.