HISD Approved for $70.6 Million in Federal E-Rate Funding

Amount represents district’s funding request for 2009; HISD still awaiting decision on subsequent years

June 20, 2011

On June 20, HISD Superintendent of Schools Terry B. Grier announced that the district had received approval for more than $70.6 million in E-Rate funding. The money can be used to improve internal connectivity, including cabling, routers, switches, wireless points, servers, and basic maintenance of those devices. When completed, the upgrades are expected to benefit approximately 154,000 students at 210 of HISD’s campuses that were included in the funding request.

The $70.6 million represents the district’s funding request for the 2009 funding year. HISD is still awaiting a decision on funding requests for subsequent years.

“Today’s announcement means that HISD classrooms will soon benefit from millions of dollars worth of desperately needed upgrades to our schools’ technology infrastructure,” said Dr. Grier.