Technology and Learning, June 1998, p. 26

Education consultant Ilene Rosenthal sketches out a preview guide of education technology funding levels the Clinton Administration has requested in its FY99 budget (all tentative pending approval by Congress in October).

Four new programs totaling $190 million debut in the budget. They are:

  1. Teacher Training in Technology Program. $75 million in grant money for groups ranging from teacher colleges to school districts. The goal is to train teachers-to-be in the latest methods of integrating technology into curricula.

  2. Education Research Initiative. $75 million—a third from the NSF’s budget and the rest from ED’s—in a joint effort to fund research on new education technology techniques and measure the success of existing education technology.

  3. Learning Anytime, Anywhere. $30 million in grants from ED to groups supporting lifelong and adult education programs incorporating distance learning and other applicable technologies.

  4. $10 million for a program that would set up computers for community use in low-income areas.

Other grant programs stemming from the Improving America’s Schools Act focus on training teachers in the effective use of technology in the classroom. Among them are:

  • Technology Innovation Challenge Grants (IASA, Title III-A). $106 million to support grants from previous years, as well as new initiatives in the area of professional development and classroom technology integration. Grant winners receive about $5 million over five years.

  • Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (IASA, Title III-A). $475 million for state grant competitions geared toward professional development and integration of technology into the curriculum. To receive funds, schools had to demonstrate that their education technology programs would involve the private sector and emphasize the poorest school districts.

  • Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (Dept. of Commerce National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Division). $22 million in grants for developing public-interest technology and information infrastructure. Average awards are $350,000.

  • Entitled Schools For a New Millennium (NEH). Planning and implementation grants to facilitate humanities studies using digital technology. E-mail “education@neh.gov” for more information or call 202-606-8380.

  • Educating for the Future (NSF). Funds for education technology training research, professional development for K-8 math educators, and assorted other programs.

  • Telecommunications Demonstration Projects for Mathematics (IASA, Title III-D). $2 million for mathematics professional development using videos and online technologies.

  • Individuals With Disabilities Education Act-Part D. $34 million for using technology to educate children with disabilities.

Other programs that can be used to fund technology: Title I-IASA Disadvantaged Children Program; Title II-IASA Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program; Title VI-IASA The School Improvement Block Grant; Title VII-IASA Bilingual and Immigrant Education; Goals 2000 Educate America Act; IDEA formula grants.