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.

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.

EdTech Funding Disappointing in President’s Budget

Statement from ISTE CEO Brian Lewis on release of President Obama’s budget

Urges Congress to increase funding for Every Student Succeeds Act Title IV 

Washington, D.C. – February 9, 2016 – Statement from Brian Lewis, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®): 

“We’re truly disappointed in the White House’s decision to request fiscal year 2017 funding of only $500 million in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Title IV flexible block grant that supports, among other things, the effective use of ed tech. 

“This figure falls well short – indeed, it’s less than one-third – of the Title IV authorization level  Congress passed by an overwhelming majority and the President signed into law just two months ago. It’s particularly puzzling to ISTE, given the administration’s otherwise powerful education technology legacy. 

“Title IV of ESSA is designed to encourage school districts to provide technology professional development to teachers, principals and administrators. But it will be of only limited effect with so little money allocated to it. Further, it will decrease the value of other crucial and much-needed investments, including the 2014 increase in the E-Rate program’s annual cap, and the President’s recent call to invest major dollars in a coding and computer science initiative. 

“ISTE and its affiliates will work hard to convince Congress of the urgent need to provide greater funding for Title IV in its final FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill. Our children’s futures, and in fact our collective future, are too valuable to skimp now.”