Washington, DC (February 3, 2010) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today released the following statement in response to the Administration’s FY2011 budget proposal.
“We are deeply concerned about the President’s proposal to consolidate the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program, which would leave our nation with no dedicated federal education technology funding. For our children to succeed in today’s global economy and beyond, it is critical that they be equipped with the skills necessary to become lifelong learners and compete with their peers around the globe. For our educators to succeed, they need technology professional development to understand how to powerfully use technology for learning. Eliminating EETT — a program that is essential to making our students college and career ready and our teachers the best they can be –would be devastating at every level of our education system.
“We are heartened that the Administration’s proposed budget indicates that it values technology, and we support wholeheartedly its concept of infusing technology throughout a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). However, we urge the Administration and Congress to make that infusion meaningful, and to continue to support a separate, directed educational technology program that would help coordinate, integrate and evaluate all of the technology initiatives that will flow from this infusion. For those reasons, we also encourage the Administration and Congress to pass the ATTAIN Act, EETT’s proposed successor, which would further improve this critical program as part of the reauthorization of ESEA.
“CoSN looks forward to partnering with the Administration and Congress in efforts to make our shared vision of infusing technology throughout education a reality. But we continue to believe that dedicated education technology funding through EETT is absolutely essential to continue our progress toward transforming education.”
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
Cyber Security for the Digital District (www.securedistrict.org)
Data-Driven Decision-Making (www.3d2know.org)
Green Computing (www.cosn.org/greencomputing)
IT Crisis Preparedness (www.cosn.org/ITCrisisPrep)
K-12 Open Technologies (www.k12opentech.org)
Small District Technology Leadership (www.cosn.org/smalldistrict )
Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (www.classroomtco.org)
Value of Investment (www.edtechvoi.org)
Web2.0 Policy and Leadership (http://www.cosn.org/web20/).
CoSN’s membership is a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s programs, events and resources supporting and promoting leadership development, advocacy and connections to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools.