South Carolina budget includes $45 million for ed tech

South Carolina lawmakers recently passed its budget bill, which includes $45 million for Gov. Nikki Haley’s education technology initiatives that were announced back in January as part of the Executive Budget. Haley stated that the fiscal year 2015 budget is … Continue reading

A long and winding road for ed tech funding

Last week was full of twists and turns in the federal appropriations process. Senate appropriators began and then halted their consideration of the fiscal year 2015 Labor-HHS-Education bill, which funds programs in the Department of Education as well as the … Continue reading

South Carolina moving forward with digital learning

There is a lot of buzz surrounding South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s comprehensive education plan known as the K-12 Education Reform initiative, which contains nearly $30 million for school internet access, $12 million for digital instructional materials and $4 million … Continue reading

New York ed tech advocates — your voice is needed right now!

In January, Governor Cuomo proposed the Smart Schools Bond Act as part of his FY 2015 Executive Budget proposal. The Smart Schools Bond Act would provide New York students with the digital tools, resources and skills they need to compete and succeed in … Continue reading

Arkansas governor releases supplemental and new executive budgets

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe’s proposed supplemental budget for fiscal year 2014 and new budget for fiscal year 2015 calls for investments in broadband, education technology and professional development. The governor requested a supplemental appropriation of $10 million with a local … Continue reading

Florida governor’s budget would boost digital learning

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s recently released 2014-15 budget focuses on K-12 education by proposing new investments in comprehensive digital learning planning, instructional materials and professional learning. The governor proposed $40 million to support school districts’ digital learning plans. Under Scott’s … Continue reading

Kentucky governor emphasizes education investment in budget proposal

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget, released last week, reflects his priority to invest in schools “to keep Kentucky at the forefront of educational attainment in this nation.” For the 2014-16 biennium budget, Beshear proposed a $300 million increase for K-12 … Continue reading

ISTE Can Enhance Your Professional Learning Program

If you haven’t heard by now, implementing an effective ed tech program takes more than just buying some new gadgets. It takes teachers and administrators who know how to integrate the technology appropriately to support engagement and learning. And that … Continue reading