Virginia K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP)
News & Announcements
New state match and E-rate funding available for broadband special construction projects; for more information see:
- USAC State Matching Provision
- School Finance Educational Technology Notes
- EducationSuperHighway’s upcoming webinars
News Release – December 11, 2017, Virginia Schools Close Connectivity Gap
Launched in 2015, Virginia’s K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP) is a partnership between the Office of the Governor, VDOE, Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA) and EducationSuperHighway. KLIP supports increased access to affordable, high-speed Internet in every classroom in Virginia.
The goals of the KLIP are to:
- Get fiber to schools that need it
- Ensure classrooms have updated and reliable Wi-Fi
- Help divisions secure more broadband for their budgets, and
- Assist schools with the E-rate process to get the discounts they need for Internet access and internal connections.
How KLIP Supports School Divisions
KLIP offers E-rate and fiber consultations to help school divisions build their own network/self-provisioning, assess bandwidth needs and understand how to leverage state and E-rate funding opportunities. KLIP’s technical assistance, upgrade tools and procurement resources come at no cost to schools.
The Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as the E-rate Program, helps ensure that schools and libraries can obtain high-speed Internet access and telecommunications at affordable rates. E-rate related questions should be directed to VDOE’s learning infrastructure coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-786-9281; or by contacting the USAC Client Services Bureau at 888-203-8100.
Through the KLIP program, EducationSuperHighway and VDOE offer technical and procurement expertise to find sustainable and affordable Internet solutions for school divisions. The KLIP process begins by gaining an in-depth understanding of the division’s technology needs. Next, research is conducted with the community service provider on behalf of the division to determine competitive options. Finally, KLIP works with the division to develop a strategy that supports the E-rate procurement process. Go to EducationSuperHighway: Districts for additional information for divisions.
State Match Information
Proceeds from School Educational Technology Notes — issued by the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA) and administered by VDOE — provide $15 million in additional funding for E-rate Category 1 special construction services. Go to Educational Technology Notes for information regarding the state match process.
VITA E-rate State Master Contracts
School divisions can save time and money by using the VITA E-rate state master contracts for Enterprise-level internet and other telecommunications services, broadband, and network equipment.
Webinars provided by EducationSuperHighway offer support for digital learning initiatives; supply information on free tools, resources and programs and provide tips and best practices to help navigate the E-rate cycle.
Compare & Connect K-12, a free tool developed by EducationSuperHighway, enables school divisions, state leaders and service providers to compare the broadband deals for each school division throughout the state.
To assist school divisions in procuring the best high-speed broadband options, E-rate program templates are available. The template includes tips, guidance on the Form 470 process and things to consider about managing upgrade from deployment and beyond.
- Bobby F. Keener
Chief Technology Innovations Officer
- Dr. Susan M. Clair
Learning Infrastructure Coordinator