Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) has made a move to
significantly alter the No Child Left Behind Act (more commonly referred to
these days as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or ESEA). His draft
legislation has grabbed headlines for proposed changes to annual testing and
teacher evaluations, hotly debated issues to be sure.
But when it comes to student learning, those in the ISTE community and beyond
should be more concerned with the fact that the
draft bill does not include a dedicated program to support educators in the
transition to digital learning. We cannot let this stand.
You know best how important investing in professional learning and modern
tools is for the success of your students. In today’s economic climate, you know
that schools cannot afford to foot the entire bill for transitioning to digital
learning and teaching environments. The federal government must share this
responsibility and prioritize this educational shift to ensure that all of our
nation’s students, regardless of where they live, are engaged in digital age
We have less than one week to make the Senate education committee aware of
the importance of a separate ed tech program. It is vital to the uniform spread
of digital learning across the country. Don’t delay, write
your senators today. Together, our voices carry.
Hilary Goldmann is a passionate advocate for ed tech
and the senior director of government relations for ISTE. Follow her on Twitter