In February 2013, The Jewish Week’s series of articles on E-rate revealed that in New York State this federal program, designed to make technology accessible to the nation’s schools, disproportionately benefits fervently Orthodox schools.
In 2011, E-rate approved more than $30 million for services provided to Jewish schools in New York State; the overwhelming majority of that money went to haredi schools in Brooklyn and Rockland County that do not give pupils access to the Internet.
The result of a four-month investigation by Associate Editor Julie Wiener and Special Correspondent Hella Winston, the articles were made possible by The Jewish Week Investigative Journalism Fund.
Part 1: “Internet-Averse Haredi Schools Reap Millions in Federal Tech Funds:
How does a community that rails against the Web pull in $30 million in one year for its schools from the E-rate program?”
Part 2: “How Do Haredi Schools Get All That Money?: Service providers haul in millions in tech funds for schools and libraries, but some don’t even have websites.”
Part 3: “E-rate Program Dogged By Concerns About Oversight: Government regulators see ‘non-compliance’ among some Jewish schools but no fraud charges.”
Sidebar: “The Origins Of E-rate And How It Works”
Sidebar: “What Schools Should Spend On Telecom”
Radio Conversation With Julie Wiener
On Friday, Feb. 22, Julie Wiener, the co-author of The Jewish Week's E-rate series, answered questions about E-rate on the Ramapo Times/Rockland Community News Hour on WRCR AM 1300, hosted by Richard Gandon.