percent of U.S. teachers have access to enough technology to support true
digital age learning. Imagine the impact $200 million in grants could make in
schools across the nation that are struggling to catch up to the times.
But despite President Obama’s proposal for $200 million in new education
technology funding — which ISTE
vigorously supported — we will enter the new fiscal year on Oct. 1 without
any dedicated federal funding for ed tech programs.
Instead of passing a series of bills to determine how much money federal
discretionary (or non-entitlement) programs will get — a process that requires
making difficult spending decisions about new and current programs — Congress
passed a continuing
resolution, which essentially puts the federal government on auto-pilot. In
general, previously funded programs will continue at the same level while
proposed programs remain unfunded.
Although Congress did manage to avoid a government
shutdown like last year’s, the continuing resolution is not good news for
educators — nor is it good governance for the country. It is a short-term
measure that does not require Congress to address new and important
The continuing resolution, which passed the House and Senate and awaits the
president’s signature, expires in mid-December. At that time, Congress must
decide whether to continue on auto-pilot or fund programs that will give our
students a competitive edge.
This is your chance as an advocate for ed tech to clearly and forcefully make
the case for digital learning. We know that for our students to succeed in the
21st century global economy, educators must receive enough professional learning
and technology access to provide every student with a high-quality, digitally
rich education. Our elected officials need to understand this as well.
Will you take one small step and tell
your members of Congress what needs to be done?