Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Fighting the War on Ed Tech Funding

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Fighting the War on Ed Tech Funding

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In light of this month's theme, I propose that all of us engage in a little project-based learning. The project I have in mind is convincing members of local school boards, state legislatures, Congress and this administration what we know from research, experience and common sense: As a society, we must guarantee that every student is technologically literate by the time he or she finishes the eighth grade, regardless of the student's race, ethnicity, gender, family income, geographic location or disability. We must also ensure that there is ongoing integration of technology into school curricula and instructional strategies so that technology will be fully integrated into the curricula and instruction of the schools by Dec. 31, 2006. This is a simple, relatively measurable and compelling vision.

Why do we need to undertake this project? Two extremely important sources of funding from the federal level for states and local districts--Title II D of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the E-Rate program--were in jeopardy within the last month. In fact, Title II D took a 28% hit (to the tune of close to $200 million) and the flow of E-Rate funds was uncorked for this year only on the final day of this congressional session. Without action on our part, there is a danger we could lose the E-Rate program--a primary source of funds for Internet connections for schools and libraries--as well as lose more funding from Title II D, which is a critical source of funding for states and school districts to purchase hardware, infrastructure, content, professional development and technical support. …

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