This week, Funds For Learning released its 2017 E-rate Trends Report. Combining funding request data and the results of a national survey of 1,096 applicants, this report is intended to drive an informed discussion regarding this important funding program. The information ranges from the more significant (e.g. the 16% decline in the number of applicants. See page 10.), to the more mundane (e.g. the month of March is favored for the close of the filing window. See page 20.)
One of my favorite aspects of the E-rate Trends Report is the comment section. Applicants were invited to share their thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. All their responses are included verbatim (except for edits that removed personal information.). Rather than listening to what Funds For Learning has to say about the E-rate program, you can hear directly from applicants all across the country. Get ready. They have a lot to say!