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

Bush to Ed Tech Industry: EETT's Success Makes It Expendable: The President's Rationale for Eliminating Funding for a Key Program Is Challenged by a SETDA Report

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

Bush to Ed Tech Industry: EETT's Success Makes It Expendable: The President's Rationale for Eliminating Funding for a Key Program Is Challenged by a SETDA Report

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IF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has its way, the sole funding supporting the No Child Left Behind Act's key ed tech component, Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), will be cut, eliminating a program that is meant to provide funding for deployment and integration of educational technology into classroom instruction.

Defending the 2008 budget proposal, the administration states that "schools today offer a greater level of technology infrastructure than just a few years ago, [so] there is no longer a significant need for a state formula grant program targeted specifically on (and limited to) the effective integration of technology into schools and classrooms."

Coinciding with that pronouncement--or maybe not so coincidentally--was the release of the 2007 National Trends Report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association's (SETDA; www.setda.org). The report, published the same day as the proposed budget, indicates that EETT is increasing student achievement and improving teacher quality.

But the early success of the program, argue EETT advocates, does not mean the work is done. They warn that shutting off such a prominent source of ed tech funding would thwart the president's own goal of preparing US students to be competitive globally.

Moreover, according to Keith Krueger, the CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (www. …

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