@GovernorPerry Save the Texas Technology Allotment #txbudget #texasbudget #texas #education @tcea
In 1991, the Texas Legislature created a funding stream of $30 a student# that is dedicated to equipping our schools with technology and the resources and training to use it.
For nineteen years, this funding stream has helped finance the increasing need to integrate technology into the education of Texas children, as well as provide the technological infrastructure that is required to run a school district in this digital age. These funds help to provide the network, equipment, digital content, Internet access, and professional development that today's students and teachers need to prepare for tomorrow's economy.
The 72nd Texas Legislature and every legislature since has known that a dedicated source of funding is needed to assist Texas public schools in implementing the State Board of Education’s Long-Range Plan for Technology.
The plan states:
“The goal in teaching and learning must be to empower young citizens to live and learn in a continuously changing 21st century environment and to enable this citizenry to effectively interact in a global marketplace. The globalization of society creates an educational challenge extending the goals of teaching and learning in the 21st century far beyond the walls of the classroom and the confines of a traditional school schedule. It is the responsibility of this state’s leadership to respond to these educational challenges by providing direction, equitable access, and resources to secure the future of the state of Texas and this nation.”#
In the current economic crisis, it is even more important that the legislative leaders provide equitable access to resources that are essential to equipping this generation with the 21st century skills that are necessary to a thriving Texas economy.
We understand that budget shortfalls make it difficult to increase the funding to meet the current needs of schools, but it would destroy the progress that schools have made if the funds are completely eliminated. We must not go backwards!
We are asking that the Technology Allotment remain at $30 a student.
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