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Ed-tech, equity in FY 2015 budget spotlight

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
March 5th, 2014

Proposed budget aims for equal education access for all children

budget-proposalEducation technology will receive a renewed focus in President Obama’s proposed FY 2015 budget, which suggests creating a “fresh framework for delivering STEM education, supporting what works, and reducing fragmentation.”

Through the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, 100,000 teachers in 500 districts will have access to professional development to help them effectively use broadband connectivity via the ConnectEDucators program.

Having a dedicated resource to work with teachers as they have consistent and reliable access to tech can be a “game-changer,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, noting that blended learning has huge potential in education.

(Next page: Budget details)