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All Direct Funding for Ed Tech Axed in FY11 Appropriations

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What Education & Industry Leaders Are Saying About the Elimination of Funding for the Enhancing Technology Through Education (EETT) Program in the FY2011 Appropriations Bill

What Education & Industry Leaders Are Saying About the Elimination of Funding for the Enhancing Technology Through Education (EETT) Program in the FY2011 Appropriations Bill…

April 15, 2011

Don Knezek, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): “The loss of EETT sets us on a backward path. Yes, we need to be faithful stewards of taxpayer dollars and spend them wisely. But if we’re serious about global competitiveness tomorrow, we need to invest in ed tech programs affecting the classroom today. EETT is central to 21st century learning, teaching and professional development.”

Governor Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE): “Education has trailed most other sectors in effectively applying new technologies to boost productivity and outcomes. Without funding for the Ed-Tech program, the nation’s schools are in danger of falling even further behind in the innovation race. In order to effectively harness the power of technology to boost outcomes for the nation’s students, teachers need access to high-quality professional development opportunities that the Ed-Tech program provides. By pairing teachers and technology, the nation can create a powerful force multiplier that permits teachers to deliver high-quality content in new and innovative ways to all students, rural or urban, including in difficult to staff subjects such as math, science, and foreign language.”

Dan Domenech, Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA): “AASA is deeply concerned with the elimination of the education technology funding within HR 1473. As America's public school systems and their educational leaders step up to meet the challenge of preparing students to be internationally competitive, federal education policy must recognize the important role that education technology plays in providing a world-class education. We call on the Administration and Congress to provide a funding stream dedicated to education technology, resources that support the widely-touted goal of an American education system that is globally competitive.”

Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN): “The chasm between the vision of out-educating and out-innovating our global economy and the reality of de-funding education technology is stark and deeply disturbing.  We call on the Congress and the Administration to rethink this misguided short-term decision and start investing in building education leadership capacity with technology.”

Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP): “We're disappointed by several programs' eliminations in the 2011 CR, but we're particularly discouraged by the federal government's failure to acknowledge the essential role technology plays in ensuring students' acquisition of essential skills. It's unrealistic to expect students to prepare for the 21st century without immediate access to 21st century tools.”

Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association (NEA): “NEA is deeply disappointed that in passing the Continuing Resolution for this fiscal year, Congress eliminated funding for digital learning innovation, the only source of federal funds for teacher professional development on integrating technology in the classroom. That funding also supported states’ efforts to deliver technology into schools. Students need expert instruction in and access to technology to be prepared for tomorrow’s jobs.  The elimination of this funding is a short-sighted action that short-changes America’s future.”

Ken Wasch, President of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA): “SIIA is disappointed by the impending elimination of federal funding for digital learning innovation in the nation’s schools.  Ironically, SIIA just hosted three days of discussions where education leaders affirmed to developers the need for technology to improve educational productivity, implement national online assessments, and ensure all students are college- and career-ready. We urge the Obama Administration and Congress to provide alternative investment policies to meet these needs.”

Douglas Levin, Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA): “Ensuring today's students have access to learning technologies in the classroom is a key education and workforce development issue. By denying students access to these tools – and well-trained and supported teachers – we are asking schools to win the future with one hand tied behind their backs. It is critical that Congress demonstrate leadership for the nation's future by supporting educational technology investments that ensure students are ready for 21st century careers and college.”

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About the Organizations
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit www.all4ed.org.

The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across America and in many other countries. AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage.
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the country’s premier voice in education technology leadership, serving K-12 technology leaders who through their strategic use of technology, improve teaching and learning. For further information, visit www.cosn.org

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition and the widely-adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. www.iste.org

NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. www.nassp.org

The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. www.nea.org

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to 500 leading software and information companies. www.siia.net.   

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the national member association that represents the interests of the educational technology leadership of state and territorial education agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. SETDA members work collectively and in public-private partnerships to ensure that meaningful technology innovations with broad potential for systemic improvements and cost-savings in teaching, learning and leadership are brought to scale. www.setda.org.

For press inquiries, contact Jennifer Cummings at jcummings@cosn.org or 202-822-9491.