Top 4 ways district leaders deal with funding obstacles

School chief technology officers (CTOs) reported that their top four strategies for dealing with inadequate funding are:

  1. Delay replacements or defer maintenance
  2. Leverage eRate funding
  3. Locate grants
  4. Consolidate networks and servers

CTOs said that their top three challenges are changing the culture of teaching and learning in their districts, dealing with budget constraints and lack of resources, and breaking down silos.

Just 18 percent of district CTOs are fully ready for online assessments in 2014, 83 percent said digital materials will make up more than 50 percent of district education resources in the next three years, and 51 percent said they operate some level of BYOD in their districts, with 19 percent saying they had no interest in BYOD.

When it comes to ever-troubled school district budgets, the survey found some improvements in technology funding. Thirty-four percent of district CTOs said their budgets are increasing, and 66 percent said their budgets are flat or declining. In 2013, only 19 percent of survey respondents reported increasing budgets.

Despite those increases, 47 percent of CTOs said their budgets aren’t enough to meet school board expectations.

When it comes to CTOs:

  • 50 percent will retire within 10 years
  • 52 percent report to the superintendent
  • 77 percent are in charge of both information technology and educational technology

The survey was conducted with MDR and sponsored by SchoolDude. It measures how school tech leaders are able to leverage technology and meet teaching and learning goals.


Laura Ascione

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