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ERIC Number: EJ809950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Make It Stretch
Ramaswami, Rama
T.H.E. Journal, v35 n8 p32-33 Aug 2008
A K-12 educator traveling down the information superhighway will likely to hit some speed bumps. The biggest of those will be a lack of money. While legislators proclaim the need for 21st-century skills in education, federal funding for technology--the underwriter of those skills--is shrinking. According to the 2008 "National Trends" report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), funding through the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act plunged 45%--from $461 million to $253 million--between fiscal years 2005 and 2006. Since many states rely on NCLB for most of their ed tech financing, they have had to cut back on funds for school districts. States also vary widely in how they allocate available resources and in the mandates they place on schools for how they can spend technology dollars. So, although some states have innovative technology projects, not every district can rely on these initiatives to fill a specific technology need. In this article, the author suggests that as technology funding dwindles, districts must use the resources they do have to maximum advantage.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001