Stimulus Program Funds for Education

 

The nation's Stimulus program provides $650 million in Education Technology State Grants as part of state grant programs for Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT).

Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT)
Objective: Includes having all students be technologically literate by the end of eighth grade
Amount Available: $650 Million
Who's Eligible: SEAs, 95% to LEAs, and schools as pass-through from states
How and When: Funds will be made available to states as formula grants in July 2009; States will then divide dollars among competitive and formula grants to LEAs, with at least 50% via competitive subgrants.
This program will help districts improve teaching and learning through the utilization of technology. That goal will be realized if a quantifiable increase in student achievement and technological literacy is measured.

The purpose of Title II, Part D is to: (1) improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools; (2) assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the end of 8th grade; and (3) encourage the effective integration of technology through teacher training and curriculum development to establish successful research-based instructional methods.

The Department of Education provides formula grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) based on their proportionate ESEA Title 1 Part A funding. Ninety five percent of the funds must be distributed to local educational agencies (LEAs). At least fifty percent of the funds available to the LEAs will be distributed via competitive grants to high-need LEAs, and the remaining funds through formula-based grants using ESEA Title 1, Part A funding.


Possible uses of these funds by LEAs would include:

  • Professional development to promote the integration of technology into curricula and instruction;
  • Public-private partnerships to increase students’ and teachers’ access to technology;
  • Distance learning strategies that deliver academic courses and curricula to areas that otherwise would not have access to those courses and curricula;
  • Purchasing effective curricula that use technology;
  • Efforts to use technology to improve communication with parents;
  • The preparation of teachers to serve as technology experts in their schools;
  • Acquiring and maintaining hardware, software, and connectivity linkages;
  • Developing and implementing information technology courses;
  • Using technology to collect, manage and analyze data.

The participating states must also have long range educational technology plans in place which address at least three dimensions: 1) SEA's goals for using advanced technology to improve student academic achievement; 2) steps to ensure teachers and students have more access to technologies and 3) how technologies will be used to increase parental involvement.

The Department of Education will distribute these grants between the summer and fall of 2009. Receiving school districts must use 25 percent of their awarded EETT funds for professional development in technology, including the following possible uses:

  • Sustained professional development programs;
  • Curricula that integrate technology;
  • Technology that increases parental involvement;
  • Technology that collects, manages and analyzes data to enhance teaching and school improvement.

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