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

Follow the Money-Carefully: The Stimulus Package Provides Billions of Dollars in New Funding. Schools and States Need a Plan to Pursue It

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

Follow the Money-Carefully: The Stimulus Package Provides Billions of Dollars in New Funding. Schools and States Need a Plan to Pursue It

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Fletcher, Geoffrey H.

THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE introduced in Congress last month, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has excellent news for the ed tech sector: $1 billion in funding for Title II-D (Enhancing Education Through Technology) of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on top of the $275 million already available. Funds from other parts of the bill--an added $14 billion to $16 billion for school modernization and repair; another $13 billion apiece for Title I and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act--could be used for technology purchases as well. Kudos to the Obama administration and members of Congress for realizing the importance of technology in education.

Although a final bill won't be ready until mid-February, I'm offering advice for school districts, states, and vendor partners to prepare for the imminent rush for money.

School districts: To put it plainly, don't just buy stuff. Review your technology plans and make sure that they are aligned with school and district goals, and that any technology purchases will support student achievement.

States: Look closely at your most recent request for proposal (RFP) for Title II-D funds, since it looks like technology money will continue to flow through that portion of NCLB. State IT directors, get your RFPs and processes ready to go. …

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