Top 4 ways district leaders deal with funding obstacles

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
March 20th, 2014

Annual survey reveals top 3 challenges facing district IT leadership

district-ITSchool budgets show a marked increase from a year ago, with one in three districts reporting budget increases this year, according to the second annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

Released on the first day of CoSN’s annual conference, the survey reveals that although more districts are seeing their financial restrictions ease a bit, nearly half of participants said they still lack the funding to support enhanced ed-tech and implement new classroom technologies.

“While the feedback from district leaders offers optimism, it’s overwhelmingly apparent: Districts still lack the necessary resources to provide transformative learning environments,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “Moving forward, the survey should inform the decisions school system leaders, as well as policy makers, make in establishing learning environments powered through technology.”

(Next page: Top survey results from districts)

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One Response to “Top 4 ways district leaders deal with funding obstacles”

March 25, 2014

This is in response to the FCC boost broadband funds article on the front page of the paper copy of eSchool News Vol.17, No. 3

The FCC must recognize that digital learning requires a broadband connection to schools and libraries but also the infrastructure within the site that can deliver the bandwidth without diluting that speed. Spending money on bandwidth without adequate cabling and equipment is wasteful. Schools and libraries lack the infrastructure to use faster connections. Encouraging them to request discounts on a faster Internet without providing adequate funds for internal connections worsens this situation. The decision to deny Priority 2 E-Rate funds guarantees the fastest superhighway to nowhere! On one hand the FCC champions the idea of high speed broadband as a basic 21st Century tool. On the other hand, they stop it at the schools’ and libraries’ front door.
Priority 2 funds “that” which carries the Internet connection to the students, teachers, and library patrons. The FCC should RECONSIDER eliminating Priority 2 E-Rate funds and immediately RESCIND the decision to DENY all Priority 2 applications.