Act Now: Support Ed Tech Funding

edtechfundingFor the third year running, Congress waited until the eleventh hour to pass a funding measure to keep the government up and running. Just two days before the Sept. 30 deadline, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that keeps federal education funding on autopilot until Dec. 9.  As a result, all education programs will continue at last year’s funding levels, with the exception of new programs authorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which did not exist last year. The new Student Support Academic and Enrichment Grants program (SSAEG, Title IV, Part A of ESSA), the flexible block grant that supports health and safety programs, well-rounded child academic programs and technology, is not funded through this CR. A final deal will include funding for all new ESSA programs, including Title IV, Part A, on which ISTE is leading the charge.

Congress’ delayed action on the CR stemmed from contention over additional emergency funding for Zika, the opioid abuse crisis, the Flint water pollution issue and flooding in Louisiana. Ultimately, Congress worked out funding for all of these issues – but it took Senate Democrats blocking approval of the bill for Congressional leaders to agree to provide $170 million in aid for victims of the Flint water crisis.

When Congress returns after the Nov. 8 election, it will only have a few weeks to pass a final spending bill for fiscal year 2017 before the CR expires Dec. 9.

We need YOU to keep the heat on Congress to approve SSAEG spending at the highest possible level. Please send this prewritten letter to Congress urging it to fully fund Title IV, Part A of ESSA.

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.

Your Action Needed to Support Federal Investment in Ed Tech!

Send this prewritten letter to Congress urging your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to fully fund the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAE) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that contains the critical education technology provisions ISTE supports.

Federal spending on education is facing extreme constraints and Congress needs to hear your voice as an educator, now more than ever, about how less-than-adequate funding levels affect you and your students. 

Send this prewritten letter that explains why a federal investment in education technology is absolutely critical.  Thank you!