Education Week, February 17, 1999, p. 34

Most of the federal aid for education technology comes from Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which includes the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund. Congress and the Clinton administration intend to make several changes to the ESEA this year that would offer greater support for education technology.

For one, there may be an effort to give schools who receive technology grants more discretion as to how they spend this aid by consolidating the number of existing technology grant programs and creating broader requirements. The Education Department also intends to propose that more of the challenge fund be set aside for poor students. There will also be a greater focus on making technology accessible to rural schools.

In addition, there will also be a push to provide greater funding for teacher training to help better integrate technology into classrooms. The Clinton administration will propose that at least 30 percent of the money in the challenge fund go to technology training for teachers.