The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will be voting tomorrow (Tuesday, May 14) on a number of items in Governor Evers’ proposal related to educational technology and the TEACH program. Among them are proposals that would:
1) Eliminate TEACH Educational Technology Training Grants.
2) Transfer $24 million in federal e-rate funding meant for schools and libraries to the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program.
3) Continue TEACH Infrastructure Grants until 2021 but reduce funding for thee grants from $7.5 million to $3 million per year. Continue reading JFC continues voting on budget; next up is educational technology
The information below describes provisions in the governor’s 2019-21 state budget proposal related to school libraries and educational technology. It was compiled by the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA). WEMTA is an independent professional association serving school library media and instructional technology professionals. Continue reading Summary of budget provisions related to libraries & technology
Partial Government Shutdown Continues as New Congress Begins
The 116th Congress convened last week and the House immediately turned attention to approving an appropriations bill designed to end the partial government shutdown, triggered by the White House’s budget request for $5 billion to expand the southern border wall. The House measure, approved Thursday evening (Jan. 3), did not include funding for wall. The House vote shifts the budget debate back to the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stated that he will not bring any Fiscal Year 2019 legislation to the Senate floor that does not have the President’s support. Continue reading How will partial federal government shutdown affect K-12 schools, students?
According to a release from Gov. Walker’s office:
OCONTO FALLS – Governor Scott Walker today announced $1.5 million in Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) grant awards have been awarded to help 196 rural school districts and 172 rural public libraries to strengthen the information technology knowledge and capacity of educators…
…Since 2016, 786 training grants to rural schools and 172 grants to public libraries totaling nearly $6 million ($5,995,785) have been awarded. Each year of grants has allowed district teachers and now librarians to attend, arrange, and provide training activities to build the information technology knowledge and capacity of teachers. Continue reading $1.5 million in TEACH grants awarded
Wisconsin has done a good job of getting increased amounts of bandwidth at a reasonable cost to our school buildings; however, that is not yet the case for many students at their homes. Various state agencies have worked collaboratively with Internet service providers to develop easy-to-use tools to identify who provides internet access to a particular residential location and whether any eligible income-based discount programs might apply.
As school registration/enrollment approaches, the DPI’s Division for Libraries and Technology has asked that we share information about these tools and how districts can use them to benefit student learning. Continue reading DPI to host call-in session on tools to find home internet service discounts
252 Wisconsin school districts will receive nearly $7.8 million in grants to improve broadband access and classroom technology under the Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure Grant program. Governor Walker announced the grant awards Monday during a visit to the Mosinee School District.
Continue reading TEACH infrastructure grants awarded to 252 school districts
According to a release from the governor’s office:
Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced that 22 school districts throughout the state have been awarded a total of more than $500,000 in grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) facilities. Continue reading Fab Lab grants awarded to 22 school districts