We need your help!
The best way to ensure Congress recognizes the importance of ed tech is to continue advocating for it through simple yet highly effective actions like calling, tweeting, or sending pre-written letters about the need to invest at the federal level.
Although it may be a slow process, it’s critical to the future of ed tech funding. Our collective really can impact policy and funding.
ISTE strongly encourages our community to take action and impact the future of ed tech!
Ask Congress for ed tech funding
ISTE has united with more than 75 national organizations to form the Title IV, Part A Coalition to urge Congress to provide maximum funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program that funds ed tech programs.
The Title IV, Part A block grant is a program created by the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The program, also known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, will be used by states and school districts to:
Provide students with a well-rounded education (STEM, computer science, music, arts, physical education, college career counseling).
Support a safe and healthy school environment (comprehensive school mental health, drug and violence prevention, training on trauma-informed practices, health and physical education).
Support the effective use of technology (professional development, blended learning, devices).
Despite being authorized at $1.65 billion within ESSA, the block grant is facing significant funding barriers from Congress. The Senate’s proposal only allocates $300 million for the block grant, while the House’s allocation would provide $1 billion, both falling far short of the authorized level. If underfunded, school districts would be prevented from investing in meaningful areas of education and will be faced with the unnecessarily difficult choice of funding some programs over others.
How will policymakers know that digital learning is important to their constituents if we don’t tell them? Our collective voices can impact policy. Please take a few minutes and take action to make your voice carry!