From the ISTE Advocacy Network:
The Senate has just passed the new ESEA, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), making President Obama’s signature the last stop for this historic piece of legislation becoming law. If signed by the President, ESSA would eliminate the most troublesome provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and return authority and flexibility over many educational issues to states.
As you may know, a major ed tech provision was included in the bill’s new flexible block grant (Title IV). Under this flex grant, each district will receive a poverty-based allocation, much of which can be spent on technology, blended learning and tech professional development. Indeed, if Title IV receives full funding, school districts will be able to use as much as $1 billion of this block grant for ed tech. Additionally, districts will be able to expend Title IV dollars on solutions to bridge the so-called “homework gap” – which describes the problem of students lacking any or adequate Internet connectivity in their homes.
Securing the ed tech provisions in the updated education legislation is a monumental win for ISTE’s members and we are proud to have played a major role in securing these provisions.
Chief External Relations Officer