Act Now: YES to House Bill 4388

This week, the Michigan House of Representatives will be voting on House Bill 4388, legislation that modifies the allowable use of sinking funds to include the purchase of technology and security equipment.

Please contact your representative today and encourage them to support this legislation.  This common-sense legislation will allow tax payers to save money, schools to provide up-to-date learning environments and students to thrive.

Find your representative with contact info here.

What are the candidates saying about education? Join the discussion May 26 to find out!

Memo from the ISTE Advocacy Network:

You’re invited to participate in a one-of-a-kind, ISTE-sponsored Presidential Forum hosted by the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) Thursday, May 26 from 9 a.m.– noon. The event will feature high-level policy representatives from the presidential campaigns who will discuss the candidates’ education policy platforms and agendas. The event is a unique opportunity to hear an in-depth analysis of each candidate’s education priorities.

Award-winning journalist Candy Crowley will moderate the event and give the audience a chance to ask questions about the need to invest in education and what education policy will look like with a new administration.

The ISTE community can watch the broadcast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C.! In addition to watching the livestream, you can participate in the event by submitting your questions for the speakers at SubmitQ@cef.org or tweeting your question using #CEFpresForum.

Please consider submitting or tweeting questions related to key ISTE advocacy initiatives such as digital equity, ed tech funding, digital citizenship and digital age classrooms.

We hope you can join the critical conversation and find out about each of the candidate’s education policy platforms in the 2016 race for the White House!

Webinar: What ESSA Means for You, Your School and Your District

Join this free interactive webinar to learn what ESSA means for you, your school and your district. RSVP here 

For the first time in more than a decade—and a half-century after enactment of the country’s main K-12 law—Congress has redefined the federal role in elementary and secondary education by creating the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In a monumental shift of authority, the new education law returns a great deal of federal power on educational issues to states and local districts.

The law also provides states and districts with significant flexibility in how they spend federal education dollars and includes a new program that has technology as a major focus.

Join this special ISTE presentation, led by ISTE’s legislative counsel Jon Bernstein, to learn what ESSA has in store, including:

  • An explanation of ESSA’s new framework, including implementation milestones
  • A deep dive into the Student Success and Academic Enrichment Grant program and how its technology and professional development provisions may benefit ISTE members
  • A federal funding forecast for next school year
  • An opportunity to get your questions answered

Date: Thursday, April 28

Time: 4 pm Eastern

Registration: RSVP here

If you do not have an online account with ISTE, you can quickly create a free account to register, or you can attend the webinar by following this webinar link on the day of the webinar.