U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has proposed legislation to provide $2.5 billion over the next five years to train teachers how to use technology in their classrooms.

“It’s extremely important that teachers learn to use technology effectively as a teaching tool,” Feinstein said. “Technology will strengthen instruction and learning and better prepare students for the increasing technological workplace.”

The Teacher Technology Training Act, proposed by Feinstein on June 9, would authorize the U.S. Secretary of Education to provide $500 million annually to states, which would distribute the money to local school districts based on need. The funding would go above and beyond the money already proposed for technology training by the Department of Education (ED).

The bill also would require that teacher training programs be evaluated by ED within three years and that results be made public.