FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Robert Craven President, CUE Board of Directors
CUE Announces Resolution in Support of State Funding for Technology in California Schools
CTAP and SETS projects are currently eliminated in the California Governor’s budget; passage would remove the only public support of educational technology in nation’s most populous state.
May 29, 2013 – Walnut Creek, California – At its meeting on May 22, 2013, Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc.’s Board of Directors passed a resolution in support of the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) and the Statewide Educational Technology Services (SETS) project, both of which are in danger of being unfunded and eliminated from the proposed budget.
“CTAP is the only statewide technology program in place in California. Along with SETS, CTAP funding assures districts and teachers that they have the tools, the training and the proper resources for educating 21st-Century students,” said Robert Craven, CUE board president. “This is especially critical when Common Core standards are being implemented. The technology must be there and must be functional so that testing is accurate and is not disrupted. To implement an entirely new system without a solid infrastructure is worrying. We could not believe in this more strongly.”
CUE’s resolution is as follows:
In recognition of the importance of the activities and services conducted by the regional California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) and Statewide Educational Technology Services (SETS), the CUE Inc. Board of Directors hereby passes a resolution to voice their support for the maintenance of funding of the regional California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) and Statewide Educational Technology Services (SETS) as a separate line item in the California education budget, consistent with the documented success of CTAP and SETS as a cost-effective strategy for supporting the educational technology needs in our geographically diverse state.
CUE supports increasing funding and expansion of CTAP and the SETS to support needs related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the related computer adaptive assessment system and the rapid increase in the use of online and blended learning and technology access by schools and students.
In addition to passing this resolution, the board selected Vanitha Chandrasekhar of Long Beach Unified School District as the new co-chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee, joining John Cradler in that role. The board thanked Marianne Pack for her service as co-chair for the last three years.
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About the CUE Board of Directors
CUE is guided by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors, one third of whom are elected by the membership each year. The board is made up of active or retired K12 educators, University and Higher-Ed professors, members of the educational IT community and representatives of Educational Technology businesses or other non-profit organizations. | www.cue.org/boardofdirectors
Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org