SOURCE: SETDA

July 19, 2005 13:19 ET

Senate Appropriations Committee Validates the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program With $425 Million

House and Senate Leadership Emphasize Technology's Vital Role in Supporting the Tenets of No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2005 -- The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee's partial restoration of funding for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT - NCLB, Title II, Part D) program. The House and Senate rejected the Bush Administration's elimination of this program due to the key role that technology plays in enhancing productivity of teachers, improving teaching and learning, and ultimately building a highly qualified workforce by closing the achievement gap, recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers and improving accountability through data.

When fully funded in FY04, EETT has an appropriation of $692 million. While higher than the full elimination suggested by President Bush and the $300 million allocated for this program in the House, the Senate's appropriation of $425 million represents a significant cut and will result in severe reductions in technology services offered to school children, teachers, and administrators. The cuts proposed will make worse the 28% hit taken by this program during the Omnibus Budget process last November. And due to the grant cycle, these reductions in resources will not be realized by schools until they return this September.

As the FY 06 appropriations process continues, SETDA urges lawmakers in both the House and Senate to stand firm on the Senate appropriation for EETT. SETDA commends the bipartisan group of Senators including Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) for their leadership within the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. SETDA also applauds the efforts of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) who co-authored a Senate Dear Colleague letter in support of EETT which garnered 18 signatures from both sides of the aisle.

Michael Golden, Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Chair of the SETDA Federal Committee stated, "EETT is critical for achieving all of the goals set forth in No Child Left Behind both in Pennsylvania and nationwide. Without full funding, the 81 percent of districts who receive these funds will lose vital technology resources that seamlessly support and enable successful teaching and learning for all students."

About SETDA

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members. SETDA provides its membership consisting of 50 states and three territories with opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another as well as the broader ed-tech community through meetings, surveys, conference calls, and online leadership courses. For more information about SETDA and/or its events, visit http://www.setda.org.

Contact Information

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    Melinda George
    SETDA
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