ERIC Number: ED416848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
School Technology: Five School Districts' Experiences in Funding Technology Programs. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
This document contains a letter to members of the United States Senate reporting the information gathered from a study of five school districts' experiences funding technology programs. Appendices, which comprise the majority of the document, include the project scope and evaluation, and the reports from each school district. The five school districts examined were: Davidson County Schools (North Carolina), Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools (Ohio), Manchester School District (New Hampshire), Roswell Independent School District (New Mexico), and Seattle Public Schools (Washington). The section on each school district covers the state role in providing funding and technical assistance, district experience in funding technology, and summary of schools visited. The study addressed four questions: (1) What funding sources have school districts used to develop and fund their technology programs? (2) What barriers have districts faced in funding the technology goals they set, and how did they try to overcome these barriers? (3) Which components of districts' technology programs have been the most difficult to fund, and what have been the consequences? and (4) How do districts plan to handle the ongoing costs of the technology they have acquired? The report does not evaluate the districts' technology goals or assess the effect of technology on students' academic progress. The educational technology addressed in the report consists of computers and peripherals and their connectivity to local and wide area networks and the Internet. (SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Networks, Computer Peripherals, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Grants, Internet, Microcomputers, State School District Relationship, Technology Integration
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013; World Wide Web: http://www.gao.gov (first copy is free, additional copies $2 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.