Securing robust funding for ed tech is a key part of our policy agenda.
The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes the flexible block grant known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, or Title IV-A for short. The block grant is authorized at $1.6 billion and funds activities in three broad areas:
1. Providing students with a well-rounded education (e.g., college and career counseling, STEM, music and arts, civics, IB/AP);
2. Supporting safe and healthy students (e.g., comprehensive school mental health, drug and violence prevention, training on trauma-informed practices, health and physical education); and
3. Supporting the effective use of technology (e.g., professional development, blended learning, and devices).
Another important effort is funding for professional development through Title II A of ESSA to help educators effectively integrate technology into curricula and instruction and promoting high-quality instruction and instructional leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects, including computer science.
CoSN participated in the April 10 Day of Action to stress the need for increased ed tech funding . We are closely monitoring the appropriations process and will continue to work with the Title IV coalition and other partners to champion critically needed education funding.
CoSN joined with the Title IV Coalition in thanking the House Appropriations action on increasing Title IV funding.
CoSN issued a statement applauding the action of the House Appropriations Committee to increase Title IV-A funding.
We anticipate launching another campaign using Rally Congress once we have information about the Senate's proposed levels of funding.