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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.”