School leaders consistently identify high costs and shrinking budgets as a top barrier to implementing new technology tools and programs.

As back-to-school approaches, many educators are faced with budgets that force teachers to buy school supplies with their own money. The stark realities of the homework gap and the digital divide also become more apparent during the school year, when many students are left without home internet access or without the right device to complete assignments at home.

Budget challenges won’t improve right away, but school districts can boost their available funds with grants that are targeted to different areas of need.

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  • About the Author:

    Laura Ascione

    Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura