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

Six Degrees of Speculation

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

Six Degrees of Speculation

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In the nation's capital, everything is touched by gossip and guesswork. But there's one rumor that merits our attention.

SPECULATION IS AS INDIGENOUS to Washington, DC, as the national monuments; part of the game is trying to understand which rumors, leaks, and parcels of inside information are worth heeding and which are not. I think one bit of speculation now circulating through the Beltway warrants following: Dedicated funding for technology may not be included in the next reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The rationale for not having a separate funding source for technology is not new. In 1995 a state legislator asked me: "Why do we need a $30-a-student technology allotment that can be spent only on technology? You've said that technology should be integrated into all aspects of education; why not let each school district make its own decision about how to spend that $30 per student?" I have heard from a few technology insiders that in DC a similar rationale is floating around. Technology is just a tool and should be part of every program, they say. We don't need to send money to the states for a grant program for technology; we will just encourage each program--Title I, special education, etc.--to use technology as appropriate.

Judging from the mere $100 million it included in the budget for Title II-D of the No Child Left Behind Act, one might assume the Obama administration would agree with that thinking. …

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