Bond Accountability Commission

Monitoring the construction and renovation program of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Information about E-Rate, an FCC sponsored support mechanism that provides rebates and discounts to schools and libraries to obtain telecommunications and internet services, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

 

Press Release from Ohio Auditor August 16, 2016"Poor Management, Weak Policies and Communications Problems Behind District’s Failure to Collect $8.38 Million"

 

Special Audit of CMSD by the State of Ohio attempting to answer why the district received only a portion of the eligible eRate rebates

 

The Bond Accountability Commissions reaction to the Squires, Patton Boggs report.

"E-Rate: Missed Opportunity, Another Look"

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT:
AN ASSESSMENT OF CERTAIN ISSUES
CONCERNING THE CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN
SCHOOL DISTRICT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE
FEDERAL E-RATE PROGRAM

Authored by Clark K. Ervin & Paul C. Besozzi of Squire Patton Boggs on behalf of CMSD

There are 6 attachments to the Squire Patton Boggs Report available on the CMSD website E-Rate page. 

 
 

In addition to public acknowledgement of the BAC report, CMSD has made an Opinion Page submission, posted a letter from CEO Eric Gordon on Facebook, and responded to at least one comment to an earlier Plain Dealer article. 

 

Posting on CMSD Facebook Page

Posting to CMSD Facebook page

This was posted  on cleveland.com in response to Mark Naymik's editorial on April 9, 2015

Plain Dealer response
 

Information about E-Rate from the program's administrator Universal Service Administrative Company

UDAC (United Service Administrative Company) broadly explains E-Rate and the procedures for funding

 

THE E-RATE IN AMERICA : A TALE OF FOUR CITIES

Benton Foundation Communications Policy And Practice Program

Benton Foundation's findings on E-Rate success and how the program has led to dramatic

improvements in network infrastructure and Internet access at schools. The report, published in

2000, highlights how the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools specifically benefitted from E-Rate.