ISTE Advocacy

Protect Edtech Funding - Take Action Today!

Attend the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2018

March 14-15 in Washington, D.C.

Join ISTE, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) in Washington, D.C., March 14-15 at the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2018 to help educate policymakers about the critical role of technology in transforming education.

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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!

What can you do?

2. Tweet #Act4EdTech

Tweet your Congressperson using the hashtag #Act4EdTech and talk about the importance of fully funding Title IV, Part A.
Here are some sample tweets to get you started:

  • Give schools the funding to provide Ss with a well-rounded education @[Congressperson] #Act4EdTech #MoreTitleIV
  • Every school benefits from #edtech funding @[Congressperson] #Act4EdTech #MoreTitleIV #edpolicy #edfunding
  • Don't force districts to choose one program over another @[Congressperson] #Act4EdTech #MoreTitleIV #edpolicy
  • #STEM + tech programs are at risk w/o fully funded Title IV, A grant @[Congressperson] #Act4EdTech #MoreTitleIV
  • I #Act4EdTech because [your reasons] #MoreTitleIV #edpolicy #edfunding

3. Call your elected officials

Unsure what to say? Here is a script you can use when speaking to a staff member.

Unsure who your Representative is? Use the Find Your Representative tool!

Directions on how to use Facebook's Town Hall tool

“We hope that all educators, administrators and K-12 officials will take just a few simple actions to help protect edtech funding and support smart edtech policy. Add your voice to ISTE's to impact education public policy.”

- Jon Bernstein, Legislative Counsel for ISTE