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Editorial: Ed-tech funds sit idle as California bickers


California is the home of Silicon Valley and the most sophisticated data systems in the world, yet it continues to rank near the bottom for student and teacher use of technology. That’s why it’s perplexing and discouraging that California has been unable to get $70.9 million in one-time federal stimulus dollars out of the door to local school districts for technology to improve learning in the classroom, according to the Sacramento Bee. The Obama administration announced these one-time funds (a supplement to regular Enhancing Education Through Technology grants) in July 2009. It came after California’s regular budget process had ended, yet other states managed to act in timely fashion. As of press time, California was the only state that had not distributed all the funds. Under pressure from school districts and the federal government, lawmakers in the past two weeks finally released half of the funds (using the current education code formula). But lawmakers continue to argue over the other half–more than $30 million…

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